Do you ever wonder what kind of comments come in to Pray Tell but don’t get approved? Below a rich example.
Dismiss Protestant ministry… accuse Protestants of not being “deep in history”… call them and their theology “trendy”… throw in “empty head”… take a parting shot at “gray-headed old women”…
If this is what it means to belong to the One True Church, count me out. Ubi caritas and all that.
A comment on the post on clergy stoles:
But does it really matter? This article was in a Methodist publication – none of them are clerics anyway! Let them wear cheesehead hats or foamdomes as well. That said, I’m glad they recognize that the stole is of ancient Christian tradition. To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant after all…
As to other points, the stole developed from a Roman garment worn by prefects and other officials as a sign of their authority. The related maniple came from an ornamental cloth used to start races, flag people down, and dab sweat from the brow. Our stoles bear that tradition – they have stayed fairly obvious in their symbolism and usage.
The use of a “stole” by Protestants is just some trendy way to put their trendy theology on display. Nothing says “open heart empty head” better than something that looks like the color scheme of a print that hung in a McDonalds back in the ’80s or is made of kinte cloth and draped over a gray-headed old woman.