At Stars and Stripes I read that the Army is moving towards a change in uniform again. This time, however, it forward towards tradition.
The old “Pinks and Greens” with WWII-era belted jackets and brown leather shoes may reappear.
Think about how the sudden and weird changes in the looks of things affected the Catholic identity of the Church Militant.
Tear out statues, whitewash walls, put in carpet, wreck altars…. Of course this did huge damage to our Catholic identity, not just our pocketbooks. Similarly, uniform changes will affect something of the ethos of those who wear them.
Put priests in polyester gunny sacks and unworthy chasubles, surround them with craftsy projects made by and for 3rd graders, and you will change the presbyterate.
Put priests in cassocks and beautiful vestments, surrounded by precious vessels and art and you will change the men.
Both of those have an effect on congregations.
Which will tend to make a positive knock on effect? A bunch of guys in shuffling along and grinning at people in the pews with little waves, looking in their loosely-fitting white flour bags with sleeves every bit as if they just got off the night shift at the Tasty Bakery, or a reserved line of men in cassock and surplice looking like they are going to worship the King of Fearful Majesty?
There is a connection between the habitus that is in us, interior disposition, and habitus that is on us, what we wear: habit and habit. Clothes make the man?
So, Pinks and Greens? Let’s see if I can translate this into “Army”…