Question of the Day for Thursday, May 23, 2013
Q. Do priests always have to wear their black-collared suit, or their clerical suit, outside of church?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
In 1982, Pope John Paul II wrote an instruction to the clergy and religious of Rome in which he remarked the value of clerical garb, “not only because it contributes to the propriety of the priest in his external behavior … but above all because it gives evidence within the ecclesiastical community of the public witness that each priest is held to give of his own identity.” Church law states only, “Clerics are to wear suitable ecclesiastical garb in accord with the norms issued by the conference of bishops and in accord with legitimate local customs” (Canon 284).
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