Six bishops and several priests processed toward the altar of Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel at the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D. earlier this fall. They had come to celebrate Mass for a conference to honor 20 years of Catholic studies and Don Briel.
As the parade processed, I recalled the words of a long-lost friend and critic of Catholicism: “Bishops’ hats look so silly.” Witnessing the spectacle, I could see he had a point — a “point” quite different than he intended, however.
A bishop’s miter begins at the temple of his head, widens to a crown and comes to two peaks, pointing up and out. Perhaps these “hats” do look silly, but why on earth shouldn’t they? What more can be...READ MORE