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Is there a scriptural and/or historical reason why priests wear those white collars? When did that start and why?

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When Jesus speaks to the Church at Sardis through John (in Rev. 3), he says:

Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life

White is typically a sign of purity, such as when Isaiah says:

Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Having a white collar is like having a yoke of purity around your neck. It is a symbol of the obligation that priests have to model God, and the literal stranglehold (yes, they suck!) God has around us, when it comes to modelling purity.

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Thanks, Affable! +1 because I was actually preparing to ask this! –  Jesse Jul 14 at 17:50
    
Can you link this scripture to Catholic Church doctrine though? Do they have a written doctrine about this? –  LCIII Jul 16 at 13:47

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