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Tonsure
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In Latin canon law, tonsure denotes the shaving of the hair of a (monastic) cleric as a sign that he belongs to God; it can also denote the resulting bald area. Unlike in the Uniate Eastern Churches (cf. Ius Orientale, De personis c. 38 §1, 1°: AAS 49, 1957, 448), as prima tonsura (ordo ad faciendum clericum) it constituted admission to the clerical state (cf. CIC/1917, c. 108 §1; C. 12 q. 1 c.7 Liber Extra [X] 1.36.6; Incardination, Consecration/Ordination/Dedication). Even under CIC/1917 it was already being discontinued (cf. CIC/1917, c. 136 §1); postconciliar legi…

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Rees, Wilhelm, “Tonsure”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026118>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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