On Vestments and Clerical Bling

The supposedly uninspiring nature of modern priestly vestments are a major concern for conservotrad and traditionalist Catholics. After Vatican II, the number of vestments that a priest was supposed to wear was greatly reduced, virtually eliminating the biretta, the maniple, and black vestments, not to mention everyday wear like the cassock. Yet, a historical survey of the development of vestments illustrates that there has long been a tension between those who favor elaborate vestments and those who favor more modest ones.

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