Saturday, September 24, 2011

Why the Cassock Matters

The cassock remains, after ever passing fashion.


  1. This is what a Cardinal's "clerical suit" looked like in the 1770's!

  2. This kind of vesture was used by Catholic clergy principly in the lands of the Holy Roman Empire (later called the Austro-Hungarian Empire).
    Emperor Joseph II, (the great patron of Mozart), was a radical liberal in the mold of the Catholic dissidents of today. He hated the traditions of the Church, and the Pope because he thought both deminished his own sovereign authority.
    So he forbade clergy to wear their cassocks, soutanes, or habits in public (except in exclusively religious settings/occasions.
    Priests, bishops, and Cardinals dressed like this on the street.
    Capuchins and Franciscans had a brown version of the above when out on the street.
    This persecution/restriction lasted until the mid 19th century, and disappeared around the 1830's. Habits for friars and priests, and full ecclesiastical vesture began to re-appear under the reign of Emperor Franz Josef (d. 1916), who was a great man and devout Catholic.