Kudos to His Hermeneuticalness

The clerical garb issue is getting interestinger all the time.

It started when Fr. Longenecker offered contumacious snark in the direction of all WDTPRSers.

But when WDTPRS mentioned ferraiuolo, Fr. L went silent.  I think we all know why.

Support for WDTPRS has come from a familiar, friendly and brilliantly enlightened quarter.

No sooner does WDTPRS mention the ferraiuolo, but His Hermeneuticalness Himself has appeared on his excellent website in the same useful item of proper clerical attire.

Fr. Finigan appears here, during his Million Visitor Celebration, pastorally surrounded by children and adults as befits a true shepherd of Christ’s flocks, in his ferraiuolo

Their joy indicates that they are all illuminated by the correctly continuous hermeneutic.

The photo doesn’t help you see His Hermeneuticalness’s sartorial splendor, so here is a detail I tweeked.

Well done.

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  1. Fr. Christensen says:

    Very fine indeed! I remember wearing my ferraiuolo for the reception following graduation at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. I was the only cleric there wearing one other than Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, of course. Everyone thought it was very nice and I recieved alot of compliments from everyone. They all said I looked like Archbishop Sheen.

    I think it is high time that priests should start wearing the attire that properly belongs to us. If we do, we will continue the reform of the reform brick by brick.

  2. Fr. C: Obviously you have your head screwed on in the correct direction. You are a gentleman priest and scholar.

  3. SMJ says:

    Fr. Ray Blake from St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton is also in the category of “well dressed priests”:


  4. Michael Fudge says:

    Is this a picture of Fr Christensen and Archbishop Burke?


  5. Fr. Christensen says:

    It is a high compliment to be called a gentleman priest and a scholar by Fr. Z., and no, that is not a picture of me and Archbishop Burke. I wish I was that thin.

    You can, however, see me in a picture with Archbishop Burke here: http://photos1.blogger.com/img/7/1435/640/Cappa%200021.jpg. I believe it was one of the first times he wore the Cappa Magna at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

  6. Fr Ray Blake says:

    Good heavens Zhulsdorf, how did you find those? WDTPRS spies everywhere! Bottle of the Old Widow next time you are in England, if you can find one of me in my ferraiuolo, with or without the aid of WDTSPRS spies and technology.

  7. TNCath says:

    So nice to see a ferraiuolo again!

    Question: Is the ferraiuolo restricted to ceremonial occasions, or can it be worn regularly? Also, I seem to remember that Honorary Prelates and Chaplains of His Holiness are no longer allowed to wear the purple ferraiuolo but can they wear the black one when in abito piano?

  8. GOR says:

    “But when WDTPRS mentioned ferraiuolo, Fr. L went silent. I think we all know why.”

    Now, now, Fr. Z. “His Upsidedown-ness” is on retreat (NOT in retreat…) at a Benedictine monastery. Whether he really has a ferraiuolo I don’t know. But I suspect he could not afford one from Barbiconi (he has young mouths to feed after all…).

    Perhaps Mrs. L. is busily plying the spindle in his absence…?

  9. Matt says:

    For the uninitiated, how does one pronounce “ferraiuolo”. I think it might be “fe-roo-la” (a close approximation to a possible phonetic pronunciation, with emphasis on second syllable), but confirmation would be very much appreciated.

  10. trespinos says:

    Matt, Matt, Italian is not mysterious. Feh-rye-woh-loh, accent on the third syllable.

  11. Fr Paul McDonald says:

    The ferraiuolo is for more ceremonial occoasions I think.
    But what about the ferraiolone (sp?), which Blessed John XXIII ordered th priests of Rome to wear when out and about.
    It seems to have been replaced by the greca…

  12. Fr. McD: I wonder if you are not talking about the soprana. There is also a lesser known cape called sometimes a ferraioletto, which has lots of pleats. I have one and will find an occasion to post a photo.

    You are right about the ferraiuolo, or ferraiolone as being somewhat formal. A priest might use this for evening wear, as in black or white tie.

  13. A very contended Fr. L posted this photo of himself.

    That biretta looks photoshopped to me.  Doesn’t it? 

    In that other photo you could see dust on his biretta… probably from neglect.  This looks awfully clean, and maybe a little too … big?

  14. irishgirl says:

    What nice pictures of Fr. Finigan!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Well, Father Longenecker has called upon us at St Mary’s Parish to spread the witness of his wonderful biretta. I must say, he wears it every time he leads Mass, and he is quite the stylish priest.

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