He asked for our opinion. Are we to deny him that? Would you rather we lied to him by telling him it's all right for him to do what he proposed? Would you rather we be just as dishonest by concealing what we really think about his question?
The thing NOT solicited here is your opinion of those who have offered their opinions as the OP requested. The thing NOT solicited here is your judgment of those who have been honest as though we are persecuting the poor fellow for simply wanting to be more spiritual.
And neither are you to tell him that he should wear a robe to church and not give a damn what anyone else thinks of him.
And why don't you follow your own advice and stop trying to judge the intentions of those who have offered the opinions the OP asked for?
First of all, it is not very easy to tell someone not to judge without doing it some way to tell them that. Second, I would not expect anyone to swear in this forum, and it was quite surprising when I saw you were a moderator, as they should set an example.
Are you not now judging the intentions and motives of the hearts of those who have opined on this subject, which is exactly the behavior you have condemned in us? Is it somehow commendable when you do it but condemnable when we do? That finger you're pointing at us... do you not see the three pointing back at you?
Again, judging is not always bad, as they can have a point. For example, if someone had a persistent sinful habit, would it not be ok to tell him that he should not do that sin? It would be judging him, but it would be to his benefit. I saw that the person you are talking to told the OP that he should talk to his priest, which I see no problem with, and he also said if there is no problem with tradition or canon he does not see a problem. I don't see a problem either, if there is no problem in the faith. I personally don't see why he cant wear a humble robe, but I would think he should not wear the hood in church, as it is not its purpose. I would think the reason he wants to wear the robes is because that is how they used to do dress, mostly. It is just a tradition, that is all. It would help though if he would tell if that is what exactly he would wear. But I agree in the earlier poster that he should ask his spiritual father. It should end there, I think.
I have a meter that's very sensitive to hypocritical BS and dogmatism
That also I don't expect from a moderator.
My apologies for mentioning these things.