Do you think seminarians should be allowed to wear earrings? I know of two seminarians who are allowed to wear earrings or one earring in two different seminaries. Do these earrings mean something, as I have been led to believe.
I don’t think seminarians should be permitted any jewelry. I don’t even think facial hair is a good idea. I am rather old-fashioned in this regard. I guess it’s what you are used to. These things were once forbidden under the older Code for clerics of the Latin Church (except of course for some men in religious orders … and perhaps some members of the LCWR).
The 1983 Code of Canon no longer forbids them. There is no legal proscription and seminarians (not clerics anyway unless they are deacons) are free to do as they please within the bounds laid down by the seminary and their bishops or superiors.
If I were their rector, however, I would probably frequently frown at those who wore them and would watch them with special attention.
I don’t know what earrings mean these day. They may be more neutral. I don’t know. Still, they are a vanity and are meant to attract attention.
When I was in a US seminary in the late 80’s, the only guys who had or were interested in earrings were creepy effeminate heretics, now either out of the active priesthood or dead.
I remember one guy whose Archbishop told him explicitly to lose the earring. He refused. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even bother finishing his exams in his deacon year. The Archbishop ordained him anyway. He quit the priesthood within a couple years. That seminary was hellish. I am happy to report that it has been turned around like day from darkest night.
No. No earrings. Nope.
Perhaps seminarians reading this can (after voting for WDTPRS) send me email or post here about the policies of their seminaries. I am interested about the status quaestionis.