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Pastoral Assistant
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[German Version]

Since the 1970s, German-speaking Europe in particular has witnessed the development of pastoral vocations for Catholic laity who have completed a course of theological study. They work in parishes, team ministries, and deaneries, but also in regular pastoral care and in church staff positions. The nature of this ministry is not uniform but varies from country to country and from diocese to diocese – not least because of the shortage of priests. Questions need to be answered about the theological interpretation of thes…

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Karrer, Leo, “Pastoral Assistant”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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