Mar 5, 2006

Roman collars

Notice anything about the cover photo on the March 3 issue of the Archdiocese's newspaper, The Tidings? (It pictures some participants in a symposium in Sierra Madre on "Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership.")

There are no Roman collars in the photo. The reader is going to think, "Wow/Huau, the emerging model of pastoral leadership does not include priests!"

So it is a relief to turn to the story, on page 5, and see the same photo, this time with a caption that identifies three priests among those pictured. God bless them and reward them for their goodness and their selfless service to us all.

We all support our priests, and we must all pray for them and be so good to them. But as we know, a Roman collar is an outward sign of a consecrated life. So can a reader of The Tidings be forgiven for wishing that wearing Roman collars would be part of the "emerging models of pastoral leadership" in this Archdiocese?

6 Comments:

Blogger Clayton said...

Come on, Quintero, we all know that when priests look and act like priests, it diminishes the dignity of laypeople. Get with the Spirit of Vatican II, would you?!

4:55 AM  
Anonymous Ruben said...

Mr. Quintero:

This post reminded me of two of your older posts:

http://onelacatholic.blogspot.com/2005/11/more-details-on-tj-priest-slaying.html
http://onelacatholic.blogspot.com/2005/06/advice-to-la-five-keep-your-collar-on.html

Thanks for all you do.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Ruben said...

Try clicking on my name.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Ruben,

TYou have a fine memory! Thank you for your friendship.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Clayton,

Thanks for writing. That's a good line, "it diminishes..."

You've probably noticed that when people are asked to actually define "the spirit of Vatican II," they never can.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Clayton said...

Good observation, Quintero. The V2 Spirit types are hard pressed to define anything.

But of course, that's because they are true mystics... and nothing marks authentic mystical experience like ambiguity. (never mind Teresa of Avlia, John of the Cross, etc. Spirit of V2 types can't be bothered by these sorts of exceptions)

5:07 AM  

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