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More on clerical garb, this time from the Secretary of State

Just recently I answered a question from a reader about clerical dress. This is just in from Andrea Tornielli of Vatican Insider: An internal circular signed by Cardinal Bertone invites all clerics working in the Holy See to wear black … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Are priests required to wear clerical dress at all times?

From a reader: Are preist required to wear them at all times? Im sure you’ve been asked this before. I’m a new reader I cant find the answer on your blog. I’ve tried for two months. Can you answer or … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Altar girls dressed as clerics. What to say?

From a reader: What would be a proper response to a priest who not only allows his female altar servers to wear the black cassock and white surplice, but also tells the parishioners that it is perfectly acceptable to do … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: seminarians and clerical dress and WDTPRS POLL

From a seminarian: I’m wondering, I seem to remember hearing about a letter or something where Pope Benedict asked seminarians to wear clericals when going to audiences or something… I believe this was in reference to his visit to the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can a priest wear a Cross around his neck?

From a seminarian: I am currently a Seminarian and still have 5 years ahead of me until, God willing, ordination. I personally feel a priest should always wear his clericals if not also a cassock, I plan to be in … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: What should members of a chant group wear?

From a reader: I am a member of a men’s Gregorian chant group, and recently a local priest whose parish we were singing at voiced reservations about our uniform (black cassock and white surplice).  He preferred we not look like … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Permanent deacons and the Roman collar.

I have had a number of questions from permanent deacons about the use of clerical dress, either in a liturgical setting or as street clothing. After consulting a trustworthy canonist, I will respond to them all here. In 2009, the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: shirt collar showing over cassock collar

From a reader: Should altar servers (who wear cassocks) have “street clothes” sticking up over the collar of their cassock? I would argue that according to GIRM 336 that if clothes must be covered when wearing an alb, then it … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can instituted acolytes wear the biretta?

From a reader: I am trying to determine who may wear the biretta during Mass. It is clear that clergy (deacons, priests & bishops) wear the biretta. Seminarians also wear the biretta, though I have not found any specific provision … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: mixed choir in cassock and surplice

From a reader: Perhaps you have already addressed this question somewhere, but as a choir director myself, I was bothered by something I saw on Corpus Christi. In the midst of a trip away from home, I was worshiping at a … Continue reading

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