A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.
Formerly part of the clerical attire of French priests, but no longer in general use. It consists of a piece of black material attached to a rudimentary collar and resting on the upper chest. Now practically replaced by the Roman collar. Brothers of the Christian Schools wear a white rabat. The equivalent of a rabat is part of the dress of Catholic priests in other countries, as a black piece of cloth worn under the suit coat and with a clerical collar.
All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.