Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila has reminded the faithful of proper attire and decorum in churches.
Speaking on Catholic-run Radio Veritas on Monday, Cardinal Rosales said churches are places of worship and prayer and should be accorded respect.
Proper attire does not refer to new designer clothes but rather something appropriate for religious occasions, he said. He recalled that women were required to wear veils in church the Second Vatican Council and jeans were never worn to church.
He also appealed to bridal parties to wear proper attire during wedding ceremonies. Certain clothing can distract fellow churchgoers from prayer, he said.
The cardinal, who will turn 75 on Friday, submitted his resignation as is required of all bishops at 75. However, the Pope has invited him to continue in his ministry beyond his 75th birthday.