Action Alert!

Catholic Dictionary

Term

RED HAT

Definition

The hat conferrd on a cardinal. It is flat-crowned and broad-brimmed, with two clusters of fifteen tassels. A cardinal is invested with this sumbolic hat in the first public consistory after the appointment has been announced, and it is not worn agains. After the cardinal's death, the hat is suspended over his tomb or from the cathedral ceiling. The "red hat" is a common term for the cardinal's office.

See Also: HAT, ECCLESIASTICAL