[quote=David B]Perhaps it is sometimes appropriate for a priest to not wear his collar, but there is something said for the public witness of his ordination. For example whenever I see Franciscan brothers in public or sisters I am in awe of their radical committment to Our Lord.
Of course with the recent scandal it might be harder for some priests to wear their collars’ in public. Awhile back I vaguely remember hearing about a priest who said that in the past couple of years he’s worn his collar less than the last 10 years before that.
I think the public witness of our priests is very important.
For your amusement: My favourite priest was just telling me about goign to the movies w/ another priest last Friday night. Their movie let out at the same time as Fahrenheit 9/11. As they were walking into the lobby, there were people handing out anti-Bush pamphlets. Father took the pamphlet, glanced at it, kept walking, and when he was about 5 ft from the guy who handed it to him, he shouted out, “God bless George W Bush!” No one in the theater said anything for several seconds. Finally some punk yelled back, “God who?”
This priest is totally quiet, laid back, and unassuming. (and orthodox!) He says he would not have exhibited this out of character behaviour if he had had his collar on.
I thought the whole thing was cute.