This is open for Catholics and non-Catholics. I’ve always been amazed why some Protestant sects wear the Roman Collar. Is it that they’re trying to be Catholic, but afraid to embrace it? I’m just not getting it here.
Oh man, I was watching something on the History Channel about UFOs and this man in a Roman collar was saying all sorts of nutty stuff–turns out he wasn’t Catholic, but you’d never know unless you saw the subtitle that appeared on the screen for a few seconds (he was some independent presbyterian something-or-other)–I was cringing big time until I saw he wasn’t Catholic.
Right, I understand it is a tradition. What I don’t understand is why these folks, most of whom are fairly adamant about rejecting certain Catholic teachings, but accepting others. This is hypothetical: Logically, if something were “wrong” with one part of Catholicism, why wouldn’t it be wrong with every part? Isn’t that the logic and reason for most Christians outside of the Church? That’s the vibe I’ve been getting
Well, if it had been an Episcopal priest, and you had, instead, called him “Reverend”, he would have corrected you, because they are “Fathers”.
Except for confusing the clergy of one church with the clergy of another because they wear similar clothes, is it really such a big deal that some priests and ministers of other faiths dress the way they do?
At what point in history did Roman Catholic clergy begin wearing the collars? It certainly bears a strong resemblance to the “preaching bands” or “Geneva bands” worn by clerics in the 17th century, which were in turn similar to such bands worn by lawyers and academics.
The terms “Roman collar” or “Roman shirt” refer to style, not origin. Clergy shirts are Protestant in origin. The Roman Catholic Church did not adopt them as streetwear for clergy until the 19th century.
Then I wouldn’t have too much of a problem with it in that case. Its sort of like seeing female cops wearing ties. I’m not bothered by that. But if a woman showed up to the office in a necktie, that would be strange looking
And if someone who was not a member of some form of Christian clergy showed up wearing a clerical collar, I would figure it must be Halloween . The collar goes with the position, rather than the sex of the person in the position.
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