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Habit (Religious Attire)
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[German Version]

is the uniform and obligatory clothing (Clothing and Vestments) of the members of the various orders as determined by tradition and law (CIC 1983, c. 669; CCEO, cc. 476, 540). As a rule, it is conferred in a worship service at the beginning of a person's life in the order (investiture). The habit should be simple (cf. PC 17); it is a symbol of membership in a specific community and of religious status. In some countries (e.g. Germany, Austria), civil law guarantees it a particular degree of protection. Some orders founded in the modern era do not have their own habit (e.g. Jesuits…

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Haering, Stephan, “Habit (Religious Attire)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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