To Cassock or Not to Cassock… …that is the question. I’m thinking of starting to wear my cassock every day. Up til now I have worn ‘ordinary’ clerical dress every day except Friday (when we have our school mass) and Sunday. What do readers think? Do you prefer to see your priest in cassock or black trousers and clerical shirt and jacket? Why one or the other? PatheosDwight2008-08-19T16:52:00-04:00August 19th, 2008|Categories: Patheos|40 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditPinterestVkEmail Related Posts The Day I Met Mother Teresa September 5th, 2020 | 7 Comments Explaining Transubstantiation July 28th, 2020 | 0 Comments No Salvation Outside the Church? May 15th, 2020 | 0 Comments Ghosts, Demons and Deliverance April 22nd, 2020 | 3 Comments The Chair of Peter: Furniture Matters… February 22nd, 2020 40 Comments MAB August 19, 2008 at 5:01 pmLog in to Reply Gosh, it would just be nice to have a priest that looked like a priest, period!I actually prefer the cassock, because, at first glance, there is absolutely no question about whom your looking at 🙂 B.A. Kemple August 19, 2008 at 5:09 pmLog in to Reply As the cassock being a symbol of the office, clearly it must be preferred! In the words of Chesterton, “when men wish to be safely impressive, as judges, priests or kings, they do wear skirts, the long, trailing robes of female dignity.”…Not to say that you’re womanly, Father. Haha. Mary August 19, 2008 at 5:10 pmLog in to Reply I would be happy to see a priest dress in clerical garb period…out west here, I rarely see them in either. I guess if pressed I like cassock. Ches August 19, 2008 at 5:14 pmLog in to Reply Yes but wear a black cincture with it. Without, they can look pretty untidy. Christopher August 19, 2008 at 5:19 pmLog in to Reply Another vote here for the Cassock-the Cassock is a great way to maintain the Catholic Identity in a world where some protestant pastors wear the Clerical collar. Esther (joeysmom) August 19, 2008 at 5:35 pmLog in to Reply Cassock. Emily August 19, 2008 at 5:39 pmLog in to Reply I prefer the cassock. Ben Compton August 19, 2008 at 5:40 pmLog in to Reply Definitely a cassock. I’m not sure why, but I have always felt priests in cassocks were more priestly. As if they were less preoccupied of adapting the signs of their office to “look normal” Jennifer Zandstra August 19, 2008 at 6:02 pmLog in to Reply CASSOCK!! Jennifer Zandstra August 19, 2008 at 6:02 pmLog in to Reply This comment has been removed by the author. Antonio August 19, 2008 at 8:38 pmLog in to Reply Not a single doubt:CASSOCK! truthfinder August 19, 2008 at 10:04 pmLog in to Reply I’ve loved the cassock ever since I first saw the John Wayne movie, “The Quiet Man”. Note the difference between the Presbyterian minister’s garb and that of the young priest. No contest!!! tubwell August 19, 2008 at 10:59 pmLog in to Reply climb steps much?X-men superheroes and prarie cowboys in long raincoats, popular in contemporary imagery give the cassock a macho, almost imperial cache…..but that can be blown to smitherines when one sees a padre hike the skirt fabric up with one hand (granny-like) when he runs up a staircase.I think cassocks look better, but which is more practical? Mark August 20, 2008 at 12:35 amLog in to Reply I say Cassock too. I do not like clerical suits; they make me think of Anglican vicars. Suscipe Me Domine August 20, 2008 at 6:10 amLog in to Reply This comment has been removed by the author. ekurlowa August 20, 2008 at 8:15 amLog in to Reply Cassock, of course! the owl of the remove August 20, 2008 at 9:59 amLog in to Reply Cassock: they also hide a multude of sins – and no belly protruding over a belt (not that you have a belly!). Christopher Milton August 20, 2008 at 10:25 amLog in to Reply Cassock.And I agree with the cincture comment, it neatens things and reminds me of St. Thomas Aquinas. Jim August 20, 2008 at 12:26 pmLog in to Reply Definately a cassock, but with a proper Roman collar, not a tab collar as in the photograph – that always seems a strange hybrid to me. Clavem Abyssi August 20, 2008 at 12:58 pmLog in to Reply Cassock. A priest in a suit jacket is like a woman in a suit jacket – not bad, but could be so much better.And Father, if you’d grow a beard, you’d be the spitting image of St. Francis de Sales. Little Black Sambo August 20, 2008 at 1:24 pmLog in to Reply Cassock!And it is so practicable, since you can wear whatever you like under it.If properly made to measure, with plenty of room in it, there is nothing more comfortable. Subvet August 20, 2008 at 1:45 pmLog in to Reply Cassock. Call me crazy but a priest wearing one always gives me an impression of strength that ordinary clerical garb doesn’t. Tom S. August 20, 2008 at 3:09 pmLog in to Reply Cassock, definitely.Though I have to admit, save for one incident earlier this year, I haven’t seen a priest wearing one since I was 10 (I’m 48 now), so it would be a very pleasant surprise to see one! jedesto August 20, 2008 at 6:44 pmLog in to Reply By all means, wear a (black) cassock on campus (church, rectory, school, etc.) where it can strengthen the community. But out in the desert, please follow the example of the 16th century Jesuits in China and India: identify with the highest ethical, intellectual and professional ideals of the leaders of the society you are working to influence. If this means a “black suit”, so be it; anyone who’s the least bit interested will quickly distinguish YOUR roman collar from that of a non-“Roman” cleric. And, here in the South-ern wasteland, your wearing a cassock “off the base,” is apt to trigger the reaction of those who will regard you as a secret spy for the Vatican. And they are legion. You know the mind-set, I’m sure. Need I mention BJU? julesofnc August 20, 2008 at 7:53 pmLog in to Reply Wear the cassock! It sets you apart. I see protestant ministers in clerics sometimes but a cassock screams Catholic priest! Your students recognized the reverence and beauty in facing east for Mass. They’re ready to see you in a cassock daily! I double-dog dare you! Victoria August 21, 2008 at 12:36 amLog in to Reply I would be happy to see a priest wearing clericals; here in Australia a priest wearing clericals is an endangered species. My preference is for the soutane around the church and presbytery but a black suit with white collar off the patch. Having said that though we are seeing more Muslim men wearing long robes and no one seems to mind. Adoro te Devote August 21, 2008 at 7:21 amLog in to Reply I absolutely vote for the cassock! It conveys a certain timeless dignity that is of course always present, but the cassock I think gives it a more visible sign. Maire Padraigin August 21, 2008 at 9:08 amLog in to Reply Cassock. It reminds the world that there are priests among us Ellen August 21, 2008 at 9:38 amLog in to Reply I prefer just the clericals, mostly because the priests I have known in my adult life who wear cassocks are a bit dramatic. But again, I am this only applies to the ones I know. Most importantly, you should wear what you feel most comfortable in – be it clerics or cassock. M August 21, 2008 at 4:15 pmLog in to Reply Cassock. I agree with julesofnc: “…a cassock screams ‘Catholic Priest!’.”It’s another symbol that can convey “It’s all true: God is real, and we can be one with Him!”~Margo Ellen from Buffalo,NY August 22, 2008 at 11:00 amLog in to Reply CASSOCKno question.Go for the gold! WordWench August 22, 2008 at 12:53 pmLog in to Reply The cassock if it is what you prefer but also tailor your clothing to what you are doing that day. If taking kids on a field trip or to a sporting event, simple black shirt pants and Roman collar might be more appropriate and still let you identify immediately as a priest.I’m all for being immediately identifiable as a priest but also believe especially in a work situation the garb should also fit the moment. comfort and safety is also important. kentuckyliz August 22, 2008 at 8:42 pmLog in to Reply Cassock.But: Southern heat? Motorcycles?I like men in dresses. That’s why I’m Catholic. Joshua August 22, 2008 at 10:54 pmLog in to Reply Cassock, please – my priest wears it always, and it is a great witness. . August 23, 2008 at 3:46 amLog in to Reply When I see a priest dressed as a priest here ( Portugal), I and my girls are so happy that we feel we would like to clap very loudly because it’s a rare thing. We begin to see it again – rarely – in young priests. This week we went to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and we saw a properly dressed priest ( hurrah) talking with another in CASSOCK !!! You could imagine our amazement and hapiness! I didn’t saw one like that since I was a little girl – the difference is, in that time, it was white, maybe because of the heat ( Angola, West Africa, Portugal at that time).So, to dress in a ecclesiastical way is so good, but if you have the courage to dress a cassock…go for it! Alexandra August 24, 2008 at 7:20 pmLog in to Reply Either, but I think a Cassock would be very hot in the summer. veritas August 24, 2008 at 7:50 pmLog in to Reply Definitely the cassock! Oh how I would love to see priests and religious LOOKING like priests and religious!What a statement of faith in a secular world. It’s interesting that the first priests and nuns to stop wearing clerical dress were the trendies. They were embarrassed by it.My daughter has joined a religious order and, thank the Lord, it is the discalced Carmelites and they wear a full habit.It is a wonderful sign of humility and submission to God.I find it interesting that Mother Teressa’s sisters can wear a habit with a veil in the middle of the roughest, non Christian places on earth, such as the slums of Calcutta, and yet our “trendy” nuns tell us that they can’t wear a habbit because it “restricts” their ministry! Mark August 25, 2008 at 12:29 amLog in to Reply I’m not sure the Cassock would be too hot in the summer. Anyway I was reading something the other day by Pius X in response to a group of nuns who wanted to secularise to keep teaching; he condemned it, and I’m sure he would roast those “trendy” nuns too. Ashley Weis August 28, 2008 at 1:05 pmLog in to Reply Whoa,Lot’s of feedback here Fr. D! I must say you crack me up my friend :)Also, thanks for letting me know what you call that garb 😀 I vote Cassock also haha! I’m not even Catholic… does my vote still count?-g- George Weis August 30, 2008 at 10:08 pmLog in to Reply There I go commenting as my wife again… *sigh* That’s what happens when you start sharing a computer :DDid you decide on this yet?-g- Leave A Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.