Saturday, August 17, 2013

Vatican: Black Is The New Black

A special WDTPRDAD response to Overheard in the Sacristy posting on cassocks as the norm for clerical dress.

"The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community composed of human beings. United in Christ, they are led by the Holy Spirit in their journey to the Kingdom of their Father and they have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every person. That is why this community realizes that it is truly linked with the human family and its history by the deepest of bonds.

"Hence this Second Vatican Council, having probed more profoundly into the mystery of the Church, now addresses itself without hesitation, not only to the sons and daughters of the Church and to all who invoke the name of Christ, but to the whole of humanity. For the council yearns to explain to everyone how it conceives of the presence and activity of the Church in the world of today.

"Therefore, the Council focuses its attention on the world of human beings, the whole human family along with the sum of those realities in the midst of which it lives; that world which is the theater of human history, and the heir of human energies, the tragedies and triumphs of the men and women of this world; the world which the Christian sees as created and sustained by its Maker's love, fallen indeed into the bondage of sin, yet emancipated now by Christ, Who was crucified and rose again to break the strangle hold of personified evil, so that the world might be fashioned anew according to God's design and reach its fulfillment."

- Gaudium et spes

And there's the Gaudium Et Spes Squad, heading out with that message, "takin' it to the streets"! (And costing the faithful back home a pretty penny, you may be very sure!)

Good grief.

1 comment:

  1. I wear a cassock most days. I have two of them. They are machine washable. Together, they cost about $440 and they were purchased six years ago. When I wore my clerical suit each day, I went through a new coat every year or so and about three new clerical shirts a year. The coats needed regular dry cleaning from Midwestern hot summers and wet winters. Honestly, in terms of price, it's pretty much a wash between the two options. Granted, I could have spent a fortune on a cassock, but I could also have spent a fortune on a suit coat, and not just bought the JCPenney Stafford coat when it was on sale. I've worked among Latino immigrants for my entire priesthood. I tend to find that my cassock is normal. But, when I wear my suit, it is formal and off-putting. Of course, I can't speak for everyone, but that's been my own experience.

    -Fr. Scott