From Damian Thompson‘s blog:
Bring back the biretta: why hatless priests should reclaim their heritage
By Damian Thompson Religion Last updated: March 24th, 2011
Here is a splendid new blog devoted entirely to the subject of birettas – a wonderful reproach to those Magic Circle clerics who think nothing of celebrating Mass in an Abigail’s Party-style cocktail frock “for the larger lady” but sneer at the magnificent traditional headgear of the Latin Church.
The Domus Birettarum blog [There is such a thing?] not only illustrates the wondrous variety of birettas but also makes them bespoke for those priests brave enough to wear them. And I do mean brave. I know several young clergy who would like to wear a biretta, but worry that their right-on septuagenarian PP will dob them in to the diocese for doing so.
As for their other major anxiety, I’m assured that if the biretta is placed gently enough on the crown, it doesn’t create the dreaded “hat hair”.
Is Damian is treating the biretta with the gravity it merits?
Everyone knows that the best defense against hat hair is short hair.