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The use of the pallium among metropolitans did not become general until the ninth century, when the obligation was laid upon all metropolitans of forwarding a petition for the pallium accompanied by a solemn profession of faith, all consecrations being forbidden them before the reception of the pallium.

The object of this rule was to bring the metropolitans into more intimate connection with the seat of unity and the source of all metropolitan prerogatives, the Holy See, to counteract the aspirations of various autonomy-seeking metropolitans, which were incompatible with the Constitution of the Church, and to counteract the evil influences arising therefrom: the rule was intended, not to kill, but to revivify metropolitan jurisdiction.

Its use by others was tolerated only in virtue of the permission of the pope.

We hear of the pallium being conferred on others, as a mark of distinction, as early as the sixth century.

Marcus which dates from the beginning of the sixth century, as well as by the conferring of the pallium on St. Besides, in numerous other references of the sixth century, the pallium is mentioned as a long-customary vestment.

It seems that, from the beginning, the pope alone had the absolute right of wearing the pallium.

These pallium contributions have often been, since the Middle Ages, the subject of embittered controversies, the attitude of many critics being indefensibly extreme and unjustifiable.

At any rate, the wearing of the pallium was usual in the fifth century; this is indicated by the above-mentioned reference contained in the life of St.This is proved conclusively by the correspondence between Gregory the Great and John of Ravenna concerning the use of the pallium.