1 Korintiërs 11:2-16 still is a confusing passage. At least it is clear that Paul is writing about local customs of his time.
An important verse is 1 Corintians 11:10 (TNIV):
It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.An important principle is layed down here; a women does not need to let herself be prescribed by others what to do. She's the boss of her own head.
We also make some progress when we look at the end of this passage. Paul seems to give some conclusions there.
In verse 15b Paul says something like: For hair is given as a substitute for head coverings.
The argument seems to be that we do not need to have ourself head coverings prescribed, because we already have hair on our heads. This conclusion fits the preceeding verses very good, when we translate these verses as William Welty suggests.
Verse 16 then could be rendered as: But if anyone seems to be disturbed by all of this, neither we nor the churches of God have any such custom.
What on earth are we in fact talking about? Is the Kingdom of God about veils, lengths of hair, skirts and trousers? What do we think we are up to? We will not make this into a moot point!
Our conclusion could be that we are not dealing with essential matters of the faith here. Paul is dealing with a local issue; appearantly some people made a problem of it. Unfortunately the details of this issue got lost and this passage assumed a life of its own in church history...
The original post in Dutch can be found here.