In this regard it is deplorable that the sanctuary in our churches is not a place strictly reserved for divine worship, that people enter it in worldly garb, and that the sacred space is not clearly delimited by the architecture. Since, as the Council teaches, Christ is present in His word when it is proclaimed, it is likewise harmful that lectors do not have proper attire that shows that they are not pronouncing human words but a divine word.
I’d like to know how he views the “sanctuary.” My sense is that this would ideally include the nave, and so it opens up the discussion to all the laity.
As for the notion that clarity is sometimes blurred by architecture, that also has a context in diverse individuals. Some people have a very narrow view of what constitutes a “proper” church. And others are more attuned to sacred architecture however they encounter it.
Lots of clergy attempt to encourage people to a higher dress code. It’s probably worth looking more deeply at the underlying assumptions regarding the shift from Sabbath to leisure as the primary understanding of Sunday.
Even liturgical ministers fail now and then in this regard. My sense is that they should blend in with the people, and attract no notice at all, either in terms of too dressy or not dressy enough.
Notes: I’ve used an “early” translation, attributed here to Michael J. Miller at Catholic World Report. I wasn’t able to find the original essay on the L’Osservatore Romano site.