Father Scott Binet, O.S.C., says:
celebrating Mass is his "greatest joy." He is proud to wear his clerical garb and large, red cross around his neck that identifies as him a Camillian priest.
But it isn't being a priest or doctor that he most identifies with.
"My primary identity since I am a religious is that I am a member of the Order of St. Camillus. I exercise being a Camillian by being a priest and a doctor. I can serve those who are sick spiritually as a priest. I can serve the sick physically as a physician. ... I am always a priest and I am always a doctor.
[From an online article in “Arkansas Catholic.”]
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Monk on a tangent.
As a member of a religious order and as a priest, I will make one observation: although the red cross pendant may be part of the habit of Fr. Scott's religious order, the Order of St. Camillus, it should be worn underneath his alb (which is itself worn under the chasuble).
Even a bishop is required to keep his pectoral cross under the chasuble, but on top of the alb. You may see bishops at times with their pectoral crosses displayed on top of the chasuble at Mass. That is a contradiction of what is actually spelled out by Church guidelines.
Another contradiction of actual Church directives: wearing the stole on top of the chasuble instead of under it.
The order in which priestly vestments are to be put on over
1. Stole (and, for a bishop, the pectoral cross)
Several years ago, I substituted for a priest at Sunday Mass. The sacristan had been a sacristan at several parishes for a total of thirty years, but he told me I was the first priest he had ever seen wearing the stole under
When I arrived at my parish two and a half years ago, the altar servers were wearing crosses on a cord around the neck on top of their albs. I pointed out at one of our liturgy meetings that only a bishop wears a cross as part of his liturgical vesture. So we ended the practice of having the servers wear crosses.
Okay-- enough from me!
Go read the article about Fr. Scott Binet, O.S.C.