|"No" to a moustache but "Yes" to a dog collar|
Why, oh, why should this be?
Because, of course, a moustache is an affectation, a sign of vanity.
You have to shave around a moustache or, at the very least, trim it from time to time.
You may even decide on one of a variety of styles for your moustache; from handlebar to Viva Zapata to Adolf Hitler - depending on your whim.
Whims are not for priests. Therefore, no moustaches for the clergy (sorry, Father R).
Here is what Father Clement Tigar* had to say about them:
Q. "Are priests allowed to grow moustaches? If not, why not?"
A. "In the Western Church priests are not allowed to have beards or moustaches.
Two reasons for this according to a sixteenth century ordinance are - the clergy should not seem to ape fashionable people, nor allow the hair on their upper lips to impede the drinking of the chalice (sic).
This is a matter of church discipline (remember when we had that? No?) and admits of exceptions.
In the East where beards are regarded as a mark of virility the law does not apply.
Moreover foreign missionaries and some religious orders, the Capuchins, for instance, are not bound by it.
Any priest, for health or other good reason, could be exempted."
So, there you have it. Moustaches are verboten, and quite right too.
Most of them look vulgar and pretentious.
* Extract from Papist Pie by Fr Clement Tigar SJ