If communities of women religious have habits, then the women ought to wear them. Keep in mind that the habits of some groups were/are rooted in the era of their founding. Keep in mind that some communities don’t have habits at all and never did. Keep in mind that some have officially modified (read: simplified, modernized) their habits.
Although we might be able to admit that, perhaps, the Daughters of Charity, perhaps, were on the right track when they reduced their characteristic and unmistakable headgear, we have all seen at the other end of the spectrum those dreadful “lapel pin” substitutes for the whole.
Lapel pins: not usually a good sign.
I checked up on the religious community Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, belongs to. Honestly, I had never heard of the Sisters of Social Service, founded in 1908 in Hungary (USA in the 1920′s I think). Had you?
My curiosity peaked, I wondered about the SSS habit that Sr. Simone is obviously not wearing.
Friends, once I found photos, I am forced to give Sr. Simone a pass on this one.
A few pics:
That, ladies and gentlemen, was a habit that needed reforming. Or something.
I have shown that I can give Sr. Simone a pass on something truly important.
Perhaps Sr. Simone will now give everyone a direct answer to something she obviously thinks is far less important … questions about abortion. HERE.
I think they wear something gray now, with a white blouse and large collar: