The Archbishop of Enugu issued a pastoral directive to his clergy to inspect the décolletage of wedding dresses before solemnizing marriages
The Archbishop of Enugu has banned the display of cleavage in Anglican churches in southeastern Nigeria. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria on 14 March 2016 the Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma said he had issued a pastoral directive to his clergy to inspect the décolletage of wedding dresses before solemnizing marriages to ensure they are not low cut. He further stated that an artfully draped veil would not suffice. “I have directed ushers and wardens in various churches in Enugu to ensure that no unclad dressed girl, lady or women enters into the Church under any guise.” NAN reported the order would be enforced: “Whether it is the Church wedding, reception or any other programme celebrated in the church or within the church premises.” The Anglican Church would work with the wives of senior government officials and other prominent women to raise the moral tone of church weddings, and would hold workshops for fashion designers to instruct them in what would be appropriate. “Fashion designers should be instrumental in dissuading our girls and mothers from the habit of wearing unclad dresses,” he said.