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CLERICAL DRESS

The normal distinctive ecclesiastical garb of Catholic priests in the Western Church is a black cassock indoors and a clerical collar and suit for outdoors. In some countries this varies somewhat, but the Church's legislation about priests wearing a garb that distinguishes them from the laity is mandatory. The Catholic Eastern clergy in Western countries follow the pattern of the place where they reside. In other places they may wear a black gown, turban, and similar characteristic dress.