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What does the white collar on a pastor's clothing or the white square on a Catholic priest's clothing represent?

Please don't tell me they represent clerical or clergy workers. I KNOW that. I would just like to know why all their clothes are mostly black except for the white square or collar. What does it SYMBOLISE if anything?

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The Roman Catholic Code of Canon (Church) Law on Clerical Garb.
1. Canon 284: "Clerics are to wear suitable ecclesiastical (Church) garb, according to the norms issued by the conference of bishops, and according to legitimate local custom."
2. Canon 284: Complementary Norm, for the Latin Rite dioceses, in the United States, issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), on November 1, 1999, to be effective on December 1, 1999: "In liturgical (Church service) rites, clerics shall wear the vesture (clothing) prescribed in the proper liturgical books. Outside liturgical functions, a black suit, and roman collar, are the usual attire for priests. The use of the cassock is at the discretion of the cleric. In the case of religious clerics, the determinations of their proper institutes or societies, are to be observed with regard to wearing the religious habit (clothing)."
3. Canon 288: "The prescripts of cann. 284 ... do not bind permanent deacons, unless particular law establishes otherwise."
4. "Thus ... a priest should (always) be readily identifiable, by his external presentation (clothing), unless some grave external circumstances, such as the legal prohibition (forbidding) of clerical dress, makes the ecclesiastical (Church) law impossible to practice."
The answer to your question follows in comments.

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5. In the United States, except for the requirement that Latin Rite priests wear a black suit and a roman collar, when not participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, or other Church service, or administering one of the Sacraments, the rules for how other clerics (seminarians, and deacons) are required to, allowed to, and forbidden to, dress, vary in the different dioceses, and are made by the bishops in charge of the dioceses.
6. Now for your answer: "A white collar, on a priest's neck, should remind him of a (wedding) ring, and a (slave's) collar: his marriage to Christ, and to the Church; and his giving (of) his freedom to Christ, thus letting him (Christ) control his life. We priests wear a collar, because we want to be directed by Christ, in all things. ... our collars are white, as opposed to our cassocks (and suits). In the background of a black robe (or suit), it is a symbol of the (white) light of resurrection. ... this white collar is actually a sign of our desire (for our own rising from the dead), and aspiration (to a new life in Heaven)."
7. I hope this fully answers your question, and some of the questions of others; and that you find it helpful.
Frank
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wow that's a lot of complicated dress code lol kinda illustrates my point
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Yes, I find this very helpful. Thank you very much for responding AND taking the effort to type such a response out.
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Purity and innocence

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Really? Hmm OK, thanks for your response.
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a pompous overconcern for appearance

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Well, I take it from that response you're an atheist? If you are a believer in any other religion that requires a "leader" or any changes of attire especially during rituals or other activities other than the monotheistic religions, then remember, such a response COULD apply to YOUR belief practices too. (Again assuming you have any. Even Wiccans have their own attire.)
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I'm a Christian and my dad is a Bapist pastor. Even he thinks they're over dressed and just plain silly looking.
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There not silly. There a tradition that should be kept. :/
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By 1840, the Anglican clergyman developed a sense of separation between himself and the secular world.[4] One outward symbol of this was the adoption of distinctive clerical dress.[4] This had started with the black coat and white necktie which had been worn for some decades.[4] By the 1880s it had been transmuted into the clerical collar, which was worn almost constantly by the majority of clergy for the rest of the period.[4]

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Thanks for answering.
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Thanks Betty.
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Excellent. Nice research.
Distinctive clerical dress is customary worldwide.
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