(AoftheANews) – NEW YORK – Area resident Eddy Bower told AoftheA News that he was humiliated at the 10:00 AM Mass this past Sunday for “committing the very public fashion sin of wearing plaid shorts, dark socks, and sandals” while presenting himself for Holy Communion.
“I’ve never been so embarrassed,” he said. “And that includes the time I was singled out for wearing cargo shorts, white socks and wing tip shoes to my sister’s wedding two years ago.”
Bower claims that when he held out his hands to receive the Host, the priest distributing Holy Communion solemnly covered the ciborium with his hand, and shook his head with stern disapproval.
“I asked Father, what’s wrong? Why won’t you give me Holy Communion? He leaned forward and hissed, ‘You are not in a state of grace. Just look at what you’re wearing! You’re committing the very public fashion sin of wearing plaid shorts, dark socks, and sandals! In the Lord’s holy house, no less!’ I was shocked.”
Bower is considering writing the bishop. “My rights as a Catholic have been violated. I’ve seen guys wearing white slacks after Labor Day getting Holy Communion, and women wearing last season’s fashion lines too, so don’t tell me what I wore was out of line. This is so wrong.”
Calls to the parish where the alleged refusal occurred have not been returned.
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