[quote="Exorcist, post:13, topic:287860"]
I had some related questions regarding the cassock that perhaps some of you can answer? Depending on the diocese, both priests and deacons can wear the roman collar. If they choose to wear a cassock, may both wear the black fascia (sash)? Or does the fascia have the same status as the cincture/cingulum as a sign of celibacy (at least in theory)? May a priest or deacon wear a black cassock with a black shoulder cape (technically a pellegrina, not a mozzetta which is worn in conjunction with the rochet) attached? Finally may a priest or deacon wear a black biretta with a black cassock outside of the liturgy? Can he substitute the bonete (four-horned Spanish biretta)? My apologies for all the questions. Thank you.
I imagine anyone privileged to wear the cassock is privileged to wear the fascia, except altar boys. Transitional deacons wear cassock and fascia all the time, and so I don't see why a permanent deacon couldn't, at least in principle. I think a good, well-made cassock without a fascia usually looks a bit silly, unless the wearer is working or something.
I do not think a deacon may wear a pellegrina. I have seen several priests wear them (with black piping rather than a bishop's/monsignor's violet or cardinal's red), and generally these priests are pastors of parishes rather than parochial vicars. The pellegrina is a symbol of authority and jurisdiction, methinks.
The biretta is a really a liturgical headdress, I believe. The proper street headwear of a Latin priest is the beaver hair cappello Romano with black tassels: img219.imageshack.us/img219/5140/saturno1cu3.jpg or in the Summer a tassel-less straw variant, optionally.
I'm pretty sure a priest or deacon may wear whatever kind of biretta he wants: the finned without tuft, the finned with tuft, or the Spanish horned with tuft.