This picture just goes to show that the Priesthood is not devoid of fashion or taste.
At some point there has to be a groundswell movement from the Laity demanding that Priests dress like Priests and that means the wearing of essential priestly attire for the Priest about town. That means cassocks...that means hats.
We should require that our Priests wear fashionable priestly attire even when nipping down the road to buy something.
Priests should not have to 'blend in' with the crowd. Why should a Priest apologise for his vocation? He should proclaim his mission and be a living Sign to the World of its Redemption. Nor should he be ashamed if he is mocked or ridiculed by the worldly since this is an honour which he will sell at a high price when he is judged by God.
What if someone dropped half-dead and needed a Priest in the street to receive them into the Church immediately or a man tapped him on the shoulder and just needed to enquire about the truths of the Catholic Faith. That man would want the Priest not only to look like a Priest, but to be a Priest with taste and style.
If you're a Priest and you're reading this then take heart.
Be a Priest.
Dress like the Priests of old.
Pete Doherty agrees and wears this hat to remind Priests of their duties.