While unthinking fools visiting the Vatican complain that the new dress code enforcement at the Vatican is hypocritical given the priest sex-scandal, this new enforcement is an encouraging sign that Church leaders are finally starting to connect the dots.
The priest sex scandal is a symptom of the post-Vatican II decay of traditional Catholic teaching, practice and decorum. Re-establishing personal decorum at the Vatican is a recognition that respect for the sacred is important in overcoming this decay.
I remember visiting the Vatican in the early 90s and being scandalized by the behavior of tourists and Romans in St. Peter's Basilica. Hopefully the new dress code enforcement is a step in the right direction for preserving the holy places at the Vatican as sacred places set aside for worship and prayer.
Granted the enforcement of a dress code is a small step, and perhaps is an indication of just how low society in general has descended if it isn't realized by the average person the inappropriate nature of wearing shorts in the House of God and the Throne Room of the King of Kings. However, it is a sign that there are persons willing to make changes to safeguard the sacred, and that is certainly better than what has been the standard fair from too many Church leaders ever since the close of the Second Vatican Council.
How hypocritical are they who accuse the Vatican of being hypocritical for enforcing the Church's traditional notion of decorum and civility? Indeed, those who would wear tank tops or shorts into the House of God are just as responsible for the current crisis in the Church as are our poor leaders. It's time that these people, who make it their job to desecrate our churches weekly, to take their share of the responsibility for the great desecration in the post-Vatican II Church.