The scapular undergarment that was part of old-time Catholic culture is completely different from the temple garments promoted by the Church of Latter Day Saints.
That’s the word from several Catholic bloggers who laugh off the idea that the two types of clothing are similar.
“The scapular protects a person from demonic attacks,” said Corey Pilkinson, a 2008 convert to Catholicism. “That Mormon underwear keeps them from drinking beer or something.”
The temple garment, often called ‘Mormon magic underwear” by non-Mormons, is intended to remind church members of their experiences in the temple, according to the LDS website.
“The scapular and the temple garment are totally not the same” said Elizabeth Motterly, a conservative blogger. “The Mormon underwear is no different from a Batman outfit; without his gadgets Batman is nothing. The scapular gives you supernatual powers.’
The scapular declined in popularity after World War II but has experienced some come-back as self-styled Traditionalists try to prove their devotion to themselves.
Temple garments have also declined in popularity in recent decades but not as precipitously as Catholic scapulars have.
It is estimated that 30% of American Mormons wear temple garments today but less than 0.5% of American Catholics even own scapulars.
“Scapulars will come back into style when people start going to Latin mass,” Pilkinson said. Which should happen when hell freezes over.