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View Poll Results: How important is the priestly attire to you?
He's not a priest without it! 130 29.95%
I am more apt to see him as a priest with it. 281 64.75%
As long as he is friendly, who cares? 21 4.84%
What? There is such a thing as priestly garb? 2 0.46%
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Old May 31, '04, 7:32 pm
Momof9 Momof9 is offline
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I met a priest about a week ago who was dressed in flip flops, shorts, and a teeshirt. He can over to say hello to the boys at a scout meeting. He introduced himself as Fr. Matt. Honestly, I did not even feel like I was in the presence of a Catholic priest. I prefer a more traditional priest, who wears the garb. I have seen photos of JP2 skiing in his cassock! I beleive the dress is part of the priesthood.
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Old May 31, '04, 8:07 pm
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I fully understand your point. I have met many priests when they were not in priestly garb, from the gym or track to the mall. Usually, it does not bother me at all, as long as they are not dressed in a scandelous way or trying to hide who they are. I do think that there are many times that priests miss an oportunity to evangelize by dressing casually. AS far as the Pope goes, I am not sure he has other clothes. First, his income would not allow a large wardrobe. Second, as a sign to all, he is not a man serving as pope, but he has internalized it to the point that he is on duty at all times and it cannot be separated from who he is.
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Old May 31, '04, 8:24 pm
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The uniform is impressive and it certainly has its place. But I also like to see our Priests in regular guy clothes, It helps bring them to an aproachable level. My wife used to fear Priests until she got to know one of our's as a real person. Those regular city clothes might break the ice with those who are intimidated by the uniform or frock.
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Old May 31, '04, 8:27 pm
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My two priests dont wear the collar, but they are always nicely dressed, in a shirt and tie.

They always have a cross on their lapel.

I dont think the collar is necessary anymore.

I wouldnt want to see them wearing an "eminem" t-shirt though

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Old May 31, '04, 8:43 pm
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As long as they are dressed modestly and appropriately and with no writing on their shirts I don't care what they wear. My daughters about lost their uppers when they saw Father at the water slide with swim trunks on though. But what is he supposed to wear to the waterslide? He'd drown with a long gown on, same as the rest of us. I'm glad he or any priest can enjoy wholesome fun.
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Old May 31, '04, 8:47 pm
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Actually, it is canon law that priests are supposed to dress in distinctive garb, which varies from country to country. (If my canon law book wasn't way over there on the shelf, I'd look up the paragraph number for you. ) I think the "place" for priests and religious to dress in their habit or clerics is when they are in public, due to the sign value their clothes can have.... Since, as "JackPaul" said, the dress can be somewhat of a barrier, if a priest is only among people who already know he's a priest, I don't see as much of a reason to "dress up." And, i suppose, a water slide isn't the place for a cassock or full habit.

At the same time, if all priests and religious actually wore their proper attire, we wouldn't be quite as intimidated by those who do.....
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Old May 31, '04, 11:06 pm
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Priest need to were the collar, and be dressed in their clericals most of the time. One, they have made a life long choice for God and should represent that in their lives. Two, it seems that alot of this not wearing their clericals comes from a missinterpitation of Vatican II, we see many religous orders not wearing habits anymore which seems to suggest that they are embarassed by their lifestyle.

I am fine with the wearing of regular stuff when they are exercising or doing yard work, but when they are around town or just walking down the street they should be in the clericals.
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Old Jun 1, '04, 7:13 am
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I used to travel quite a bit, and still do from time to time, and I can tell you this it is a great wake up call for a man to see a priest or a nun in the proper attire. One time I will never forget walking by some magzine racks that did not need to be looked at, however it would not hurt to take a peek just as I was about to give in around the coner comes a priest, he helped me that day just by being who he was, and he never had to say a word. It was just by wearing the clothes. I know it is hard some times but for all the priest and nuns that wear the attire know that you have my thanks, you have probaly helped me and never known it.


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Old Jun 1, '04, 9:53 am
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I've a priest friend who told me that he never wears clericals to fly. I'll leave that one to your imagination.

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Old Jun 1, '04, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by kellie
My two priests dont wear the collar, but they are always nicely dressed, in a shirt and tie.

They always have a cross on their lapel.

I dont think the collar is necessary anymore.

I wouldnt want to see them wearing an "eminem" t-shirt though

Love Kellie
It makes zero sense for a priest to go through the trouble of wearing a tie and NOT to wear the Roman collar instead.

That IS their tie. I can see how a priest need not wear the Roman collar in some situations, but anytime a secular male would wear a tie is the exact time a priest should wear a roman collar -- for vestments for the Mass.
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Old Jun 1, '04, 10:25 am
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I used to travel quite a bit, and still do from time to time, and I can tell you this it is a great wake up call for a man to see a priest or a nun in the proper attire. One time I will never forget walking by some magzine racks that did not need to be looked at, however it would not hurt to take a peek just as I was about to give in around the coner comes a priest, he helped me that day just by being who he was, and he never had to say a word. It was just by wearing the clothes. I know it is hard some times but for all the priest and nuns that wear the attire know that you have my thanks, you have probaly helped me and never known it.

Wearing the clericals for priests and nuns is extremely important witness


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Old Jun 1, '04, 10:41 am
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Interesting to find out that wearing the priestly dress is part of Canon Law. Thanks Brother.

My thought is that seeing a priest or a nun in a Roman collar or a habit is a sign of hope in the world. It is very easy to be discouraged by the world, but seeing them can be like a beacon and a reminder of who we are supposed to be living for.

I can see why a priest would want to be a 'real person' once in a while, especially at a water park, but I sure appreciate seeing them.
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Old Jun 1, '04, 12:04 pm
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I suggest that many of the arguments presented for a distinctive dress for priests could also be used to support a distinctive dress for all Catholics.
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Old Jun 1, '04, 12:11 pm
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If you were in desperate need of a priest, nowadays you might pass three on the street and not know you had one handy ... for someone in an accident, or suddenly ill, or shot by thugs, or about to commit suicide.

What good are priests if, when needed most, they hide in their jeans and t-shirts?
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Old Jun 1, '04, 12:12 pm
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I can truly say that Priestly Attire is (for me) very important... I wish that all the orders would or should be proud to announce privately at mass or in public that they are soldiers of and for Christ and the uniform of office should be proudly displayed... I truly hope that the Priestly Attire is continued but will learn to accept anything that Rome approves...
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