Today in church a guy came up to me and called me "padre;" i was wearing a black jacket. On thursday a barber called me "padre" and so did another guy; I was wearing a blue sweater. I get this a lot and might be tempted to feel flattered, but it's sad.
Why do our clergy not dress as clergy? They're paid for this, wander and are lost? Many and perhaps most Italian clergy no longer wear a clerical costume on a given day. After five years in Italy I have not seen many clergy wear thier habit in the small towns or in big cities. They will often wear back: always the black shoes and socks and slacks and overcoat, but that's where it starts and ends.
Makes me think of the time I was walking into the sacristy of a parish in EUR - with a green jacket on - and an old guy asked me to hear his confession. Or the time I was walking past an inner-city Roman school one morning - with a black overcoat on - and I overheard some kid say I was a German priest.
Many have lost their vocations. May laymen. And even some priests.
Know the priesthood! Read Paul's letter to the Hebrews (to the Jews). You will be instructed of the holy order of Melchizedek. This letter is about six pages long in any given Bible and can be read in a day.