Before, his actions had been closely aligned church policies, which were basically a CYA masquerading as piety.
And he is to give this permission only to a priest “who has piety, knowledge, prudence and integrity of life.”
“It seems that the different standard is (based on) the length of the beard and outwardly display of piety,” Hamdani said.
early 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), "mercy, tenderness, pity," from Old French piete "piety, faith; pity, compassion" (12c.), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "dutiful conduct, sense of duty; religiousness, piety; loyalty, patriotism; faithfulness to natural ties," in Late Latin "gentleness, kindness, pity;" from pius "kind" (see pious). Meaning "piousness" attested in English from c.1600. Also see pity (n.).
Lat. pietas, properly honour and respect toward parents (1 Tim. 5:4). In Acts 17:23 the Greek verb is rendered "ye worship," as applicable to God.