instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Out of habit

I have no strong opinions about the wearing of habits by religious sisters, particularly in comparison to my strong opinions against telling other people how they should live their lives.

I've heard the arguments for and against, and it seems to me that not wearing a habit optimizes the attainment of somewhat different ends than wearing a habit -- different, but perfectly legitimate ends for religious sisters to aim for.

That said, looking at pictures from the big-hair '80s has suggested a new (to me) argument in favor of the wearing of the veil:

It protects a religious sister from the indignity of a fashionable hairstyle.