Tuesday, May 6, 2008
priest, Fr. Blake, in Brighton, UK at St. Mary Magdalen has taken some exception to the baseball caps worn by a coterie of priests at some Mass or other. Despite the tongue in cheek ribbing I've been giving him, I would agree that in general this sort of thing shouldn't be done.
HOWEVER, though I'd look daggers at any priest who did this at an indoor Mass, I have to cut a slight bit of slack to priests who throw in the towel and resort to a hat, even a baseball hat, in lieu of keeling over in the heat.
A while back Fr. Martin Fox had written about attending one of the outdoor Masses with the pope, and he related how long they were on the field ... quite a few hours before the Mass ... and then the Mass itself.
I can just imagine how the conversation went:
Fr. Cornelius: Dudes, I have HAD IT, sweat is now rolling off my head down into my jockey shorts. I don't care, I *AM* going to buy a ball cap from the vendor and wear it.
Fr. Clark: DON'T. You'll get us in trouble.
Fr. Cornelius: Shut your piehole, Clark ... you were always a goody two shoes, even in seminary.
Fr. Clark: That is NOT true, you know....
Frs. Manny, Moe, and Jack: Clark, shut up -- he IS right....we're getting caps too, you can join us or be a putz....the bishops can't reassign us *all* out to St. Nowheresville.
Fr. Jack: Hey, Chip and Dale ... you guys look a little, oh, light in the loafers in those golf caps. They make everyone look light in the loafers ... unless you are actually *playing* golf.
Frs. Chip and Dale: Where do you think we just came from?
Fr. Jack: Well, at least get the same caps we have.
Frs. Chip and Dale: Can't - we just spent our last bucks on beer.
Frs. Manny, Moe, Jack, and Cornelius: You guys are drinking that swill? G'wan. Get some. We'll send the bill to the bishop and we'll sign it with Clark's name.
Fr. Clark: HEY! Cut that out. I'm telling s'str!
Fr. Cornelius: I'm shaking. Yeah, it will probably go on our permanent records too.