Catholic Dictionary




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.