From a reader…
Father, Am I correct in saying that Cassock & Surplice is male attire
and that girls should NOT wear it? And if this is the case why do
people let it happen? I am taking over the training of our altar
servers who currently wear unisex albs & waist cords. I want to
encourage more boys to serve and my plan is to select well trained
boys from the current corp to wear Cassock & Surplice and serve as a
group which should encourage more boys to step up. Thank you for your
time and many thanks for your excellent blog.
You are welcome.
Yes, cassock and surplice are masculine dress because they are part of proper clerical dress. Only clerics and those who substitute for clerics should wear them.
“But Father! But Father!” you libs and others shall howl, “Women and girls can substitute for acolytes now. You hate Vatican II!”
Yes, there was a deeply regrettable, history and common sense shattering interpretation of law that now allows females to substitute for real acolytes.
That said, I repeat, only males and the males who substitute for clerics should wear clerical garb.
A woman or girl in clerical garb is an absurdity, a dreadful sight, absolutely to be avoided. The poor ladies are being mistreated by being asked to wear it. Such condescension towards the fairer sex! People are being abused by being forced to see misdressed servers. Why aren’t congregations shown more respect? Such a violation of decorum.
I would also direct the honorable readership back to my POLLS about all make service at the altar and the relationship of same to vocations.