What kind of vestments? What kind of cassocks? When will cassocks be worn?
I know one local former Anglican clergyman who does not think it practical for clergy to wear cassocks out and about in the Canadian climate during the winter with our slush and snow.
Fr. Anthony Chadwick has had several posts lately about what should be preserved as truly Anglican, and even within Ordinariates we have some clergy who prefer a baroque style and others who prefer a pre-Reformation style.
Should these differences in expression be encouraged in the Ordinariates? Do we continue to “ape Rome” now that we’re already Catholic? Or do we look back at what might be distinctly Anglican to baptize in our new home?
I’m inclined right now to a sort of diversity model, i.e. if it’s not explicitly forbidden, it should be allowed. But I wonder whether there will be a move towards more uniformity and a desire for a distinguishing identity.
For example, we can tell the differences among religious by their habits; the Companions of the Cross are distinctive because of their pendant; the new community Famille-Marie Jeunesse priests wear their distinctive hooded shirt-like habit with the white Roman collar underneath.
Our former TAC clergy were pretty indistinguishable in dress from Roman clergy prior to our becoming Catholic. Should that remain the case?