With an average of about a third of priests in the U.S. being women, the topic of priestly dress has been a hot topic in recent years.
While many of these women are doing their part to help usher in the new millennium, they have been accused of trying to “seducurge” or “harass” priests in ways that they believe are disrespectful.
In the past few years, some women have even gotten their own stories on how they have felt in priestly robes.
“A lot of women are in positions of power, and it’s important to respect their authority and their authority to decide how to dress,” said Mary Ellen Smith, the director of the Women in Priesthood Project at the American College of Priesthoods.
“And some women are more comfortable doing so.”
In a 2016 study, researchers from the University of Michigan found that one in five women felt uncomfortable in a priestly robe.
“They’re trying to get in the way of the service,” Smith said.
Smith said the goal of a priest’s attire is to “preserve a certain level of dignity.”
It’s not about the dress, Smith said, but about respecting the role of the priesthood and being “embracing what God has made you to be.”
A woman’s choice to wear a priest, whether in a church, a house of worship or at home, is ultimately a personal choice.
A woman who wears a priest outfit at home has the right to do so, regardless of whether the woman has a priest on call.
If a woman decides to wear her clothes outside the home, she has the same right to be a priest at her church.
“I think people are a little more accepting of that,” Smith told ABC News.
“If they don’t feel like it’s appropriate, it’s fine, it doesn’t matter.”
But she also acknowledged that women often feel uncomfortable in priesthood attire.
“Women don’t have to be ashamed of it.
But it’s definitely an uncomfortable situation,” she said.
For many of the women interviewed, the issue of clothing in priest mode has become a bigger issue than ever.
“We’re not allowed to have anything that looks like a priest.
We’re not permitted to be in a costume,” said Amy Ruggiero, a 32-year-old who has been married for six years.
“I wear a dress every day because I think it gives me more control over what I wear.
A priest’s outfit can have a big impact on a woman’s personal life, as well. “
That’s what I’m trying to do.”
A priest’s outfit can have a big impact on a woman’s personal life, as well.
Some women say they feel uncomfortable with the way they dress when they’re with a friend or family member, or with the person who’s sitting next to them.
“A lot people assume that I’m dressed in a bad way, and they say that’s why I’m embarrassed,” Rugglero said.
“So that’s not the case.
When you’re with me, I don’t wear that.”
Ruggero said that even though she doesn’t consider herself a follower of a particular religion, she does pray to the Lord and feels she has to be humble and “follow the good and righteous way.”
“I do believe that when I’m praying, I am not praying in a way that’s offensive,” she explained.
I am just a woman who has the opportunity to be the priestess.” “
To me, it would be disrespectful to wear something that’s meant to insult or shame me.
I am just a woman who has the opportunity to be the priestess.”
A common reaction among women who wear a male priest’s robe is that it’s more conservative than what they would wear to a wedding.
In some cases, women are even surprised to find out their attire is not conservative enough.
“It’s been a real shock to me, because I always feel like I’m being judged and having to justify that to people,” Ruggleiero said of the dress code.
“For me, there’s no issue.
For women who are considering the option of becoming a priestess, a simple answer is a simple yes. “
But I don and I have to, and if I don, I’ll have to do what’s appropriate for me.”
For women who are considering the option of becoming a priestess, a simple answer is a simple yes.
The main problem is figuring out what kind of dress to wear.
For some, that may be a simple button-up dress, which they will wear to church on Sunday mornings.
For others, a more conservative, sleeveless gown could be considered appropriate.
For those who want to be more conservative