A Visual Image of Years of Priesthood – or – Good Clericalism

I really enjoyed this email, which is a kind of visual testimony about priesthood.

Please allow me to share with you a photo I think you will enjoy.

Last week, while in Rome, I took the opportunity to buy a new biretta tascabile.  The old one still worked, but was beginning to show its age.  It is my “working biretta,” which means I wear it more for protection from the elements, outside the church or at the cemetery, so it takes more abuse than my ceremonial biretta rigida.

When I brought home the new one, the difference was striking.  I guess two decades takes a toll!

Here’s to an another exciting month –

With all the B as B and S as in S going on about “clericalism” being the omnium caput malorum.  The real problem, that they want to direct you away from, is #sodoclericalism.

Hence, I will remind you of our


Check it out and…

… stand up for good clericalism!

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  1. JustaSinner says:

    Doesn’t anyone in America make birettas? Or is it one of those Champange law situations where it’s only a biretta if it’s made in Rome?

  2. The Egyptian says:

    Ah yes, head ware that matches the wearer, a little frumpy, gaping slightly at the seams, a sag here or there, graying at the top. All in all aging well, comfortable and still useful, a credit to its use and user.
    Like a farmer and that old beat up hat he wears, dirty, sweat stained, out of shape but the one he goes to over the new ones in his closet because it just feels right, job well done good and faithful servant

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    The Egyptian: Well said.

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