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Subject: The Church
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Asked by: rick233-ga
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Posted: 08 Dec 2005 08:35 PST
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Question ID: 603180
What is the history and reasoning behind the wearing of a ' dog
collar' by the clergy?
Subject: Re: The Church
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 08 Dec 2005 10:15 PST
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Hi rick233,

Thank you for your question.

The Roman Catholic Priest Collar And The Uniform of Rome's Sons

"Here is a simple but accurate history of Rome's uniform and the neck
adornment:      Origin: "Originally," says the Reverend Henry McCloud
in his book Clerical Dress and Insignia of the Roman Catholic Church,
the Roman collar "was nothing else than the shirt collar turned down
over the cleric's everyday common dress in compliance with a fashion
that began toward the end of the sixteenth century. For when the laity
began to turn down their collars, the clergy also took up the mode."

... But that's only half the story. The clergy also adopted the fad of
lining their collars with fancy lace and needlework, which made them
more beautiful but also more difficult to clean. So a third custom
arose: covering the collar with a changeable sleeve of white linen to
protect it from dirt. The modest-minded Pope Urban VIII banned the use
of lace in 1624 ... but he didn't ban the protective sleeve. "Thus,"
McCloud says, "the narrow band of white linen used to protect the
collar in the course of a few centuries became what is known today as
the Roman collar."

In his essay on Why A Priest Should Wear His Roman collar, Charles M.
Mangan states: "The Roman collar makes the priest available for the
Sacraments (baptism, confirmation, eucharist, holy orders, matrimony,
penance), especially Confession and the Anointing of the Sick (last
rites), and for crisis situations."

The Roman collar was a Catholic invention.  The clerics mentioned in
the above are Catholic ones. That is why McCloud entitled his book
"Clerical Dress and Insignia of the Roman Catholic Church."  There is
absolutely no way the Roman collar was a style many different
religious groups used.  Those making this argument cannot produce the



When did Anglican ministers start to wear "dog collars" on a regular basis? 

"In 1976 the Church of England's Enquiry Centre produced an A4 sheet
concerning the use of the "dog collar" among the clergy. Apparently,
it had been invented, they said, quoting the Glasgow Herald of
December 6,1894, by the Rev Dr Donald McLeod. Something similar, the
Roman collarino, dated, perhaps, from the 17th century. The Oxford
Movement of the 19th century led to the adoption by many Anglican
clergy of a clerical collar, certainly by the time of the First World
War. A reaction began in the late 1960s, especially among evangelical
Anglicans, who returned to lay neckwear, as had been the normal
practice among clergy before the mid-l9th century. This was probably
due to their rejection of the Roman Catholic doctrine of priesthood.
Very few evangelical clergy today wear the "dog collar" except on
formal occasions. There is, incidentally, no requirement in canon law
for the "dog collar" to be worn. A "middle-of-the-road" clergyman
speaking in the late 1950s said that, in wearing a white shirt and
white tie, he was being a loyal and traditional Anglican."


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

"A Clerical collar is an item of clerical clothing. It is a detachable
collar that buttons onto a clergy shirt, being fastened by two metal
studs, one attached at the front and one at the back to hold the
collar to the shirt. The collar closes at the back of the neck,
presenting a seamless front. It is almost always white, but is
sometimes (especially in Roman Catholic practice) attached with a
"collaret" or "collarino" that covers it almost completely, except for
the top edge and a small white square at the base of the throat.

The clerical collar is a fairly modern invention (the detachable
collar itself is supposed to have been invented in 1827), although the
"collarino" may date as far back as the 17th century. Church of
England's Enquiry Centre reports (citing the Glasgow Herald of
December 6, 1894) that the practice of Anglican clergy wearing a
detachable clerical collar was invented by a Rev Dr Donald McLeod1 and
became more popular through the Oxford Movement.

Clerical collars are sometimes informally called dog collars. The term
"Roman collar" implies that the wearer is a Catholic priest."


Dog Collar 
An Anglican nickname for the collar that accompanies a neckband
shirt?it actually does look something like a flea collar, when you
think about it!


Meaning #2: a stiff white collar with no opening in the front; a
distinctive symbol of the clergy
Synonyms: clerical collar, Roman collar


keyword search:

clerical collar dog collar roman collar history origins meaning


Best regards,
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