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Why do ?.....

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu May 03, 2018 10:23 am

Couldn't think of a better topic heading.
But why do priests and vicars insist on wearing their dog collars outside of their place of work.
I've seen it on loads of TV shows and panel shows.
There was a priest recently who was singing on Britain's Got Talent with his ' dog collar ' on. Why ?
I wouldn't go on in my boiler suit if I was a plumber or my Speedos if I were a lifeguard.
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Post by Zarte Siempre » Thu May 03, 2018 10:41 am

To put people off hitting on them.
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Post by Thomas Cappleman » Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 pm

I think part of the justification is that they're "always on duty". This made more sense when they'd spend most of the time in the parish, and so could reasonably be approached by a parishioner. It makes less sense now when an Irish priest ends up on BGT.

Interestingly the original purpose of some forms of clerical dress (including dog collars) was to NOT be distinctive, and instead restricted them to a standard style of dress. Over time this becomes either more elaborate or left behind by time, and so the whole point is lost. The vicar of my church at uni did not wear one for this exact reason.

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Post by Mark Deeks » Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 pm

I guess it's a bit like always wearing a wedding ring.
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Post by Marc Meakin » Thu May 03, 2018 12:59 pm

Mark Deeks wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 pm
I guess it's a bit like always wearing a wedding ring.
Only if you equate matrimony to work.
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu May 03, 2018 1:23 pm

Why do people not even notice any more that the term "dog collar" is actually a joke? People say it without any thought of "I'm making a silly joke here".

Though I should point out that Marc used quotes around it.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Thu May 03, 2018 1:47 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 1:23 pm
Why do people not even notice any more that the term "dog collar" is actually a joke? People say it without any thought of "I'm making a silly joke here".

Though I should point out that Marc used quotes around it.
I wasn't sure if it's offensive to the clergy to say dog collar.
As I don't have an imaginary deity , I'm not up to speed with what goes on in churches these days, unless it's newsworthy.
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