Bespoke Clerical Millinery for the Discerning Clergyman

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Pretty in Pink

Mother Prioress is convinced we have lost the plot, entirely, if we ever had it in the first place. Here today we give you a pink silk biretta, the logic for which is as follows: as it is customary for Cardinals to change to purple cassocks for lent and advent, surely pink or rose birettas would be requisite for the Gaudete and Laetare Sundays? Yes, we know it’s a dignity/insignia thing, not a liturgical colour thing, but is it not a thing to behold? And anyway a number of Anglican bishops in India, in areas where the priests wear white instead of black, wear pink instead of purple. Therefore, if they wore a biretta, therefore, it would surely be pink. So there.


  1. It might also be an appropriate, anonymous gift for prelates suspected of "pinko" politics in the McCarthy era.

  2. I think it was Channel who said, "Pink is the navy-blue of India."

    Presumably a bishop wearing pink has a connotation of a dignified, serious personage to non-Christians as well as Catholics.

    1. You are absolutely correct about pink being a decorous, dignified colour in India. Good logic in clergy wearing pink birettas there.