Why wear the cassock?
Cassock or clergyman?
The Community of Saint Martin ordinarily prefers the cassock to the “clergyman” (black suit and roman collar). This choice is founded on numerous reasons:
The cassock is even today the traditional attire of clerics in the Church (who would recognize the Holy Father without his white cassock?). Even among them who have driven away from the Church, the cassock has quite often stayed in the mentalities and continues to identify “the parish priest”!
Carried with simplicity, like a “working coat”, the cassock reveals itself as a garment adaptable to all environments and all ministries; it may help the priest to make of himself all things to all.
Finally, in a society more and more secularized, the cassock plays its role as a sign that there exists another reality. As an unusual habit, it incites people to pose themselves questions and to enter into contact.