A reader sent me a a link to a video trailer for a Spanish language documentary about the cassock.
Yes, the cassock.
While the video struck me as being perhaps a little saccharin. I’ll give them a pass for being a bit romantic about the cassock. I place it in the context of a country and culture where, within living memory, men were put against the wall and shot for wearing one.
In these USA it hasn’t been the custom to use the cassock as regular, daily street dress. This stems from the time of the Councils of Baltimore, which are no longer in force. They were reacting to virulent anti-Catholicism. The Council’s did establish long-standing clerical decorum in these USA. Younger men are using the cassock more often as street dress. I guess I am a little old fashioned, in that I don’t. Ironic.
Also, I remind the reverend clerical readers out there that the new edition of the Directory for the Ministry and the Life of Priests issued by the Congregation of Clergy places the cassock in the FIRST place for clerical dress. Other forms of clerical dress are the exception… approved exceptions, but exceptions nonetheless.
There are lots of problems today that really ought to be discussed in terms of decorum.
So, here is the trailer, which is in Spanish.
The cassock. Tool of the New Evangelization?