Originally Posted by 1littlebit
i was thinking more of the women who believe that the bible says women should cover. i didn't know that any catholics other then nuns covered until reading about it on MDC.. and then i was reading about Catholic women covering because they believe it is in the bible.
I guess I still don't see what individuals interpreting Scripture to read that they should cover has to do with how various orders of nuns decide to dress. The Catholic church actually does leave a good deal to conscience.
If you asked, I bet a lot of those women would feel convicted by St. Paul's instructions to cover, but not feel that it was necessarily a Biblical mandate that everyone should cover.
Another thing is, not all covering is really obvious. Some denominations have pretty standard "uniforms" as far as headcoverings go. Some women are kind of subtle about it. For example, I would consider myself covered probably 90% of the time, and always when in church. But to me, that could mean a large headband or an ornamental hair accessory that covers most of my head, because I choose to cover in a way that's between me and God. And I cover, not because I believe it's a commandment, but because I, personally, feel called to do so as an exercise in humility. And that's one of the more personal things I've shared on MDC in a long while.
ETA because I saw your ETA: I really think you're asking two different and unrelated questions-- why did some nuns stop covering, and why have some Catholic women chosen to cover.