Why do bishops and cardinals wear skullcaps? November 20, 2014 Leave a reply Full Question Why do bishops and cardinals wear skullcaps? Answer The practice of wearing a “zuchetto” (the term for the skullcap worn by bishops) originated with 13th-century monks. They wore the hat to keep their head warm in the winter, since a portion of their head was shaved in a tonsure. Post Views: 127 Related News: Where are cardinals mentioned in the Bible? Is it proper to wear a cross or must it be a crucifix? Shouldn’t the pope dress simply, like Jesus did? Cardinals join to defend Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage Eleven cardinals contribute to new book urging Synod to uphold Church teaching on marriage Sixth Meeting of Council of Cardinals Wraps Up Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals’ marriage book Sixth Meeting of Council of Cardinals Begins Curia reform advances as cardinals, minors protection group meet If St. Paul says long hair is unnatural for men, why do our portraits of Jesus show him with it?