It was a time when the Catholic Church had been torn apart.
In 1634, Pope Clement VI ordered the Inquisition to hunt down all Catholics in the land, including priests and nuns, even those who had no crime on their record.
The church was now under siege.
But, like the rest of Europe, it was too afraid to go back to a past that was completely destroyed.
In the aftermath of the Inquisition, many priests and bishops began wearing armor, as did many Catholic intellectuals.
As the Catholic church underwent a period of growth and development, the church began to change its ways.
Some, such as Pope Benedict XVI, were able to get a foothold in the church by promoting the idea of vestments, ornaments worn by bishops and priests, as well as vestments worn by lay people.
The Catholic Church became more tolerant of new ideas and was now able to continue practicing its religion.
But many in the Catholic hierarchy were still uncomfortable with vestments.
In 1560, Pope Pius IX issued a decree to forbid the wearing of any kind of cloaks or other forms of religious attire, and many priests were ordered to remove their garments for the rest-of-life.
The most visible manifestation of this ban was the vestments of the clergy, which were worn by priests and clerics alike.
These vestments became more and more ornate and were often decorated with gold and precious stones.
In some cases, vestments were even worn by women.
In order to combat the widespread religious conservatism of the era, the Church made a new symbol for vestments: the cardinal’s coat of arms.
It was an emblem of the Pope’s office and the highest ranking official of the church.
It had to do with the Pope himself, and the cardinal represented the power and authority of the Church.
The vestments are worn by the Pope for a multitude of reasons, but the most important reason for wearing a vestment is for the purpose of celebrating Mass.
There are many reasons why priests wear vestments to celebrate Mass, including: to celebrate the Blessed Sacrament of Penance or the Divine Office of Holy Communion.