Thanks, Fr. Zuhlsdorf
When will the last "moo-moo" alb and burlap chasuble from the 1970's be cast into the nearest incinerator? When Father Brighenti and I were ordained in 1988, using a chalice veil and burse were considered reactionary. If you wore a biretta at Stations of the Cross, wore a cassock & surplice with a black cape at the cemetery, wore purple vestments for funeral Masses, wore black vestments for All Souls' or used a pall over your chalice, you were declared ANATHAMA SIT by the Kumbaya, Ricky-Relevant crowd as well as by the ubiquitous Liturgical Nazis with their Worship Gestapo. Is it not ironic that once the amice (symbol of the helmet of salvation) and the cincture (symbol of chastity & purity) were made redundant thanks to VELCRO ALBS, we saw a sharp increase in priestly vows being broken? Hmmmmmm.