[quote="YoungCanRCMale, post:11, topic:251862"]
Thanks everyone for the replies to the post. I think JR has been the closest to get to some sort of hint or part of answering my questions, though I still haven't had my questions 100% answered.
Between a little looking up things on the internet and JR's post, I can correct/say some minor things:
- The haircut I'm not talking about is the tonsure.
- The haircut I am talking about is the "crew" cut or buzz cut.
- it seems that question 2 is partly answered: yes a diocese or a parish pastor can dictate this.
- The only hint I found was something to do with monks/friars or orders doing the practice with regard to commitment to a lifetime of service of God.
So here's where I'm left after all of this:
My question is:
1) Do servers for the EF have to buzz their hair to serve? - NOT ANSWERED. This is for the Extraordinary form/TLM only. Never is this practice instituted in any N.O. parish I've been to.
No. The cut of the hair has to do with one's state in life, not with the mass. If the priest is a consecrated religious, as well as a priest, he follows the regulations of his community. If he's not a consecrated religious, that is, a secular priest, he follows the regulations set by his bishop and is pastor.
2) Is this practice a parish-wide discipline or is it a Church-wide discipline - Partially answered. It could be dictated by parish priest or diocese, but I'm still thinking this was a church-wide discipline at some point, even with the servers back then.
This discipline has nothing to do with Church law. It has to do with the customs and traditions of religious communities of either men or women. Therefore, it's neither parish-wide nor Church-wide. The Church has nothing to do with it. Look at Pope Benedict's full head of hair.
3) What are the rubrics, doctine, origins, etc. of this practice that validates it? I would especially like it if somebody linked to a valid Church document. - NOT ANSWERED. I am still looking for that kind of evidence, as well as the reasoning behind it.
There are none. As I stated above, every religious community has its rules and every bishop has his own.
The bishop's rules are not binding. The next bishop can change them.
The community's rules are binding only if they come from the founder, otherwise the community can change them by simply voting in a chapter.
Not everything that happens in the Catholic Church is written up in any official document, set of rubrics or encyclical. Many things are binding because they are tradition. We need to stop thinking like Americans. In our society, we like to leave a paper trail. In Catholic culture, paper trails are a very new concept. Much is simply handed down by word of mouth and through routines. For example, you will never find an official document, book or letter that establishes that there shall be a consecrated life in the Church. Yet, we have it and the Church teaches us that it is essential. She cannot exist without sisters, nuns, brothers and consecrated virgins. But no one ever wrote this down, not even the Apostles or the Church Fathers. It is a point of faith handed down by tradition. We acknoledge in in retrospect. This happens with a great many elements in the Catholic Church. That's why the quest for citations, documents, references and such is often a futile one in Catholicism.
There is no such a thing as TLM order. All religious orders ceased to exist with the founding of the Jesuits. They were the last religious order ever founded. All religious communities founded after the Jesuits were congregations. Those institutes that are dedicated to the EF are not canonically EF institutes. They are either religious congregations or secular societies of Apostolic Life. But the Church does not charter them as EF institutes. Their relationship to the Church is based on either
a) their way of life -- if they are congregations, such as the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, Canons of St. John Cantius, Franciscans of the Immaculate
b) their ministry -- if they are societies of secular men and women, such as the FSSP, SSPX, Maryknoll, Missionhurst, Vincentians and Society of the Holy Cross (Opus Dei).
I don't suppose there's any TLM orders/organization people that can help here? (FSSP, ICKSP, Institute of Good Sheperd, Canons of St. John Cantius, SSPX). Feel free to bring this by your priests or servers and have them post on here.
The Church is very careful not to tie an institute into a particular form of the liturgy, because this impairs the growth of the institute. It would mean that the FSSP would never be able to expand to include ministries that require them to celebrate the EF or that they cease to exists if the EF were ever abandoned. For this reason, order, congregations and societies are built either on a theological concept, that would be orders, or an apostolic need, that would be congregations and societies, because these things will always be there.
Most religious communities, both congregations and orders, as well as most societies, discourage their members from posting on forums for fear of contamination. Those that allow it, only allow certain members to do so. It's not common to find this kind of poster here.
Diocesan priests and diocesan deacons can do so, because they are not bound by obedience to a rule. The bishop does not regulate what they do when they're not working. In orders, congregations and societies, your daily life is regulated for you and your contacts with the world are dictated by the charism of your institute.
Br. JR, OSF :)