Clergy Robes Deemed Optional

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

A ruling from the General Synod of the Church of England declares clergy are no longer required to wear traditional robes and stoles.

The rule was formed in the UK in last day of the Synod’s July session.

Reverend Alistair McHaffie from the Blackburn diocese has told Premier News the rule change keeps up with the current culture.

He says he doesn’t wear a robe to his church, but a sports jacket and a white clerical collar, so he can be identified as the vicar.

Reverend McHaffie says robes are fine in traditional demographics, but it’s important to look approachable.

He says churches or clergy aren’t being forced to change, but the new ruling gives them the option – subject to their church council’s approval.

For occasions such as weddings, funerals and baptisms, the opinions of the participants will be considered.


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