St. John the Evangelist Church in Indiana denied 9-year-old Cady Mansell her first Holy Communion because of her wardrobe.
Why was she denied Holy Communion?
- Cady was denied Holy Communion because she wanted to wear a pantsuit instead of a dress.
- "I don't really like dresses," Cady said. "They're too itchy."
- "It made me sad and mad," Cady said about being unable to wear her pantsuit. "We should all be equal and wear what we would like."
What was her family's side of the issue?
- "She felt beautiful in this suit," Mansell's mother, Chris, said. "And she wears suits all the time. She's worn suits for school pictures. She just wore a suit to the daddy/daughter dance in January."
- Chris also alleged that the church made comments about the way she and her husband parented their children.
- The Mansells left the church as a result of their dress code.
What was the church's side of the issue?
- "If your daughter wears a suit, comes in here in a suit on Sunday, she will not be given Communion and will be asked to leave," Chris said the church stated of her daughter's choice in attire.
- A spokesperson for the church said Wednesday: "St. John the Evangelist uniformly enforces dress codes at our parish school and for religious rites. We often have requests for exceptions to the dress code, ranging from sneakers to the color of one's shirt; thus, we have consistently chosen to adhere to the dress code rather than allowing a myriad of exceptions to it."