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Cassock considerations
December 5th, 2016
By Denis Nolan

Recently I have met several seminarians, and I must admit that I felt awkward in their presence because they were wearing cassocks. When I was a child three quarters of a century ago, many priests wore cassocks to show that they were the church royalty. However, in the intervening years styles and respect for royalty have changed, and today a cassock is showing a separation between the man and the people. It is doing exactly what Pope Francis has warned against, developing clericalism, a sense of superiority and aloofness. I truly hope that the archbishop becomes aware of this trend and takes steps to eliminate it. I worry about the consequences if such attitudes continue to develop.

Denis Nolan
Daly City


From December 8, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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