Are female trousers wrong? Are females permitted to wear pants?
Our position is that females should not wear pants. In our opinion, the only exceptions for this would be women who are, for instance, working by themselves and doing some unusual form of work that a dress makes extremely cumbersome. Or, for example, another young woman asked us if she could play a recreational game of volleyball with her friends wearing a pair of long, baggy pants that basically look like a dress and are very modest. She explained that she really couldn’t play the game wearing a dress. We don’t see a problem with wearing such a pair of pants for the game. And in areas where there is massive poverty and the children truly cannot afford a dress, obviously exceptions would be permitted. But we do believe that women who wear pants and obstinately refuse to wear dresses simply because they don’t want to are putting their souls in jeopardy. Padre Pio certainly thought so; he wouldn’t even hear the Confessions of women who didn’t wear long dresses, and he allegedly refused absolution to a woman who didn’t wear, but sold, female pants. But many women, especially young women today, don’t know that Traditional Catholic women don’t wear pants. It is our duty to inform them charitably.
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