I don’t know the answer to that question, either. I do wish more priests and religious would wear their collars and habits in public. I think it makes a really strong statement.
Padre Pio was said to have the ability to read hearts, and on occasion, he would come across priests who were not dressed in their religious attire. He would always know, anyway, and tell the priests not to come “in disguise” next time, not to be ashamed of their calling!
I have talked to some people who said some religious have stopped wearing their religious attire in public out of fear of not being understood or accepted by modern society, thinking this would somehow make it easier on society?
In the one church I went to that was in violation on a number of grounds…with us voting to take the creed out of mass, having no kneelers, no holy wáter, almost no confession. We had only secular music, liturgical dance. The priest went by his first name rather than “Father”, and we prayed to mother and father God.
Anyway, along with all of that, I recall that besides our being dressed in shorts and immodest attire, virtually all of us, the priest would almost never wear his priestly garb. I can’t remember ever seeing that sister, in church or out, wear hers. I have come to see people not wearing their religious attire as part of this same problem.
I think there has been an overall erosion of customs and traditions, and near as I can tell, it seems to have a negative effect of moving us farther away from the Church and God.
I hope it’d be okay for you to wear a collar, and I wish more would join you! If you can’t right now, I hope you will be one of those who will wear a collar in public!