Saturday, May 23, 2009

Catholic Rome (Vocations)

That talented photographer, tour guide and theoloical adviser John Sonnen has produced this nice video of Catholic Rome; pictures of clergy and religious.

I recognise one or two faces.

I know it is so retro in the the UK to say it but don't young men and women -and even older ones- in habits and proper clerical dress give a tremedous sign of hope: "the Church is young!"

11 comments:

Paul said...

Oh, Father, you did make me laugh - 'sin of hope'? Thanks. Totally stressed with exams, so good to have some reality. Cheers.

Fr Ray Blake said...

"...and proper clerical dress give a tremedous sin of hope:..."

Sorry Paul, I have changed it to "sign of hope".

Riccardo said...

I think proper clerical dress is one thing; but some of these youngsters are OTT and look odd. I am glad I am no longer in Rome as I would be terrified to venture out of the door if dress 'etiquette' would require me to wear a saturno. However, I am sure Barbiconi are doing good business.

pontesisto said...

Aw! Don't change it. O felix culpa! But how right you are - a wonderful sign of hope.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Riccardo,
I know of one Roman Rector who insists his subjectss wear a saturno, or other broad brimmed hat, after he lost part of an ear through skin cancer, after going bear headed for years in the Roman sun.
That passed on to us often has very practical value rather than just being "elegant".

PeterHWright said...

Men's hats began to go out of fashion in the late 1950s. I don't know why. Clerical
hats were the the next thing to go.

A hat is eminently practical. In winter it keeps the head warm, and in summer a straw hat protects against the sun. I don't want sinusitis in winter, and sunburn in summer, so I rarely go out without a hat.

So, bring back the trilby, the homburg, the fedora, the panama, the boater, and, for clergy, the saturno.

Elizabeth from Sussex said...

Wonderful Father - really cheered me up! (And I liked the 'bear headed' - we needed a picture of that too!)

Fr Ray Blake said...

He could be bad tempered in the sun.

Riccardo said...

Perhaps we wouldn't have had all this financial turmoil if bankers hadn't abandoned their bowlers.

Pastor in Valle said...

I'm impressed at your knowledge of foreign clergy, Father; I only recognized one person, a monk of Le Barroux.

Fr Ray Blake said...

P in V, Is there not an Oratorian that you recognise, and perhaps a FSSP priest?