[quote="garn9173, post:17, topic:328466"]
Would you expect a Priest to be in his collar when riding a bike across Iowa in July when the temp is in the 90's with 5,000% humidity? Would you expect a Priest to be in his collar when on the golf course? A priest of mine from my childhood had a small herd of cattle. Would you expect him to be in his collar when pulling a calf from a cow that was having troubles calving?
When I was a kid we had a priest who gardened & drove his tractor in his cassock all the time. Sadly, he wasn't so priestly in other aspects of his life.
OTOH, I've had many priests dress in civvies unless they were doing parish/hospital visits and they were devout, excellent priests. A cassock/roman collar does not a holy man make.
Most priests I've been in contact with in the last 17 years only wore clericals for official business. Day to day at the office or about town, no.