Latest

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

03 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Vatican responds to CDF official’s “coming out"

The director of the Holy See press office has issued a statement in response to Vatican official Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa's declaration in a recent interview th…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

26 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Never lose sight of your dreams, Pope tells Harlem schoolkids

When Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered his famous line “I have a dream", he was thinking of you. Those were the words of Pope Francis this afternoon during a brie…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

04 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (115)

Why do some Catholics kiss their thumb after making the sign of the cross?

Full Question I notice that Latinos in my parish kiss their thumb after making the sign of the cross. Why? Answer They actually are kissing a cro…

Read more

16 Jun 2015 Articles Resources No comments

Secularism and the Deeper Questions of Religion and Society

France has, of course, a long history of struggling with this relationship. The current reason for the discussion has to do with concerns about Islam and, as it…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

19 May 2016 United Kingdom No comments

Terror legislation could threaten free speech, say bishops after Queen’s Speech

The bishops said the best way to combat extremism was through effective integration The bishops of England and Wales have said that counter-extremism legislati…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

07 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Pope Francis: through the Incarnation, God bridges the gulf between Himself and creation

In his September 6 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel reading, the healing of the deaf and mute man (Mk. 7:31-37). “The lesso…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

09 Aug 2016 News No comments

Pope praises witness of 10 athletes on Refugee Olympic Team

The 2016 Summer Games in Rio marks the first time a refugee team has officially participated in the Olympics In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 …

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

19 Feb 2015 Articles Comments (2)

The King's Throne

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post on the availability, or lack thereof, of sacraments for the homebound, titled Have Sacraments, Will Travel. After wr…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

17 Feb 2016 Americas News USA Vatican Comments (7)

St. Pope John Paul II's attachment to a woman in the open

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in a Tv evening programme of monday 15th January 2016 broadcasted a documentary uncovering St. Pope John Paul II's in…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Do priests’ vestments contradict Scripture?

Full Question

A Fundamentalist friend of mine attacks Catholic priests because they wear vestments. He say this violates the Bible.

Answer

There’s nothing unscriptural about vestments. God commanded that they be used in the Old Testament. Look at Exodus 28:2:

For your brother Aaron you will make sacred vestments to give dignity and magnificence. You will instruct all the skilled men, whom I have endowed with skill, to make Aaron's vestments for his consecration to my priesthood. These are the vestments which they must make: a pectoral, an ephod, a robe, an embroidered tunic, a turban, and a belt. They must make sacred vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons, for them to be priests in my service. They will use gold and violet material, red-purple and crimson, and finely woven linen.

The rest of the chapter gives details on each garment.

Nothing in the New Testament requires abolition of priestly vestments. Our Lord attacked the Jewish leaders for a number of sins, but he never condemned their priestly garb. It’s true the early Church didn’t use the Old Testament vestments, but this is because Christians didn’t want to identify their leaders with the Jewish priesthood.

Part of the problem for Fundamentalists is that vestments set priests apart from the laity. Fundamentalists object to a ministerial priesthood in the Church. They see vestments as a way of expressing a distinction between clergy and laity.

On this they’re right, but there’s nothing wrong with such hierarchical distinctions. The New Testament is full of them (Acts 20:28; Eph 2:20, 4:11; Phil 1:1; 1 Tm 3:1-13; Ti 1:5).

Within Fundamentalism there’s also an unhealthy opposition set up between the spiritual and the material realms. There is an anti-incarnational attitude which views the use of anything material as superstitious. The distaste for vestments is but one example of this.

Fundamentalists who say Catholic priests adopted distinctive dress in the fifth century to put themselves above the laity have got it backwards. Actually, it was the laity who changed their attire, not to distinguish themselves from priests, but to keep up with fashions.

Catholic priests simply retained their manner of liturgical dress. Priestly vestments are no more than stylized secular Roman garments which have accrued symbolic, liturgical significance over the centuries.

 

 










Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories