St. Jerome came from a wealthy family and was extremely well educated. After a sinful youth, he lived a life of extreme penance and prayer. The Holy Catholic Church respects him as a Father and Doctor of the Church. He dedicated his life to the study of the languages of hebrew and Greek so as to be able to translate the Holy Bible correctly into Latin.
He is the greatest exegete the Catholic has ever had. In order to be able to properly interpret the Holy Scriptures, he studied under a Jewish Rabbi to learn their religious practices and culture in Palestine (Bethlehem) very close to the time of Christ (End of 300). Modern exegetes think they know everything, yet they are looking back 2000 to 3000 years in studying Holy Scriptures.
“How great is the dignity of souls to have from the time of their birth an Angel appointed to guard each one of them! And so we read in the Apocalypse of St. John, “Write this to the Angel of the Church of Ephesus”, and to the Angels of the rest of the churches. The Apostle, too, commands that woman should have their heads veiled in churches, because of the Angels.” 1 Cor 11: 10. Taken from the Latin Breviary for the Feast of St. Michael The Archangel.
I know that much of what is in the Bible is no longer believed in by most Catholics. But still we should at least give St. Jerome some thought since he a Father and Doctor of the Church as well as living such a life of great penance and prayer.
I trust him because he is a saint and one of the greatest minds to have existed and studied scripture. I trust him way more than “modern man” who hardly reads or believes in the truth of the Bible, no longer believes there is such a thing as sin, and justifies living in what we call “sin” because “everyone else is doing it”.
The Bible says women should wear veils in church, St. Jerome says women should wear veils in church and 1917 Canon Law said women should wear veils in church. Just because the Code of Canon Law from 1983 no longer demands women to veil their heads in church anymore, I just wonder why the Bible wrong, the saints are wrong, the Church Fathers and Doctors like St. Jerome are wrong, and the 1917 canon law is wrong? I go along with scripture, the saints and the old Canon Law.
1. It is desirable that, consistent with ancient discipline, women be separated from men in church.
2. Men, in a church or outside a church, while they are assisting at sacred rites, shall be bare-headed, unless the approved mores of the people or peculiar circumstances of things determine otherwise; women, however, shall have a covered head and be modestly dressed, especially when they approach the table of the Lord.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.