Kerala bishop asks girls not to wear short dresses in church

Bishop Mathew Anikuzhikattil of Idukki wanted women to follow the practice of retaining exclusive dresses for church.

Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil..

Bishop Mathew Anikuzhikattil of Idukki has issued a pastoral letter suggesting several steps to improve spiritual life, which also advises girls to wear attires that stretches below their knee when they attend church services.

The letter suggests means to strengthen the faith of individuals and families and in shaping a Christian culture through practice in the backdrop of the challenges thrown up by modern life.

The letter insists Christian women to follow the practice of retaining exclusive dresses for attending church services.

It also asks parents to stop selecting meaningless words as names for their children. Catholic families should care to give names that reflect the Christian faith and model, it said.

The bishop also asked parents not to criticize priests and nuns in the presence of children to help them develop a respect for the Church and spiritual life.

The letter also wanted parents to restrict the use of mobile phones among children lest modern technology mislead children. The bishop also suggested regulated use of social media.

Bishop Anikuzhikattil is not new to controversies. In 2015 his remarks that interfaith marriages are against Christianity kicked up a controversy.

The Kerala Catholic Bishop's Council (KCBC) was finally forced to express regrets over the remarks. Last year he came out with a statement that all kinds of birth control measures are counter to God's will.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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