So, what’s the deal with Catholic clergy not being able to grow beards? Maybe this isn’t any sort of hard-and-fast rule anymore, but I can’t say as I’ve ever seen a Catholic clergyman in a beard before. Ever. I do remember hearing that one of the issues that was part of the parting of the ways between the Eastern and Western churches involved the fact that Orthodox priests favored beards while the church in the West did not. I don’t know if that’s true, but it would seem at least plausible.
But seriously, what’s the deal? Is there a real reason why Catholic priests don’t have beards? Seems to me that a visible way to preserve the fullness of apostolic succession might involve trying to look similar to the Apostles. Seems like beards would be part of that, right?