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Pastoral Office
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[German Version]

In the broad sense, pastoral office is simply the ministry of a member of the clergy; in other words, an area of responsibility independent of its incumbent, defined for a particular, limited domain within the larger structure of the church and involving proclamation of God’s Word and administration of the sacraments. Usually this ministry is exercised within a defined body or territory such as a local church (Community) or parish. In recent decades, however, a substantial number of functionally defined ministries have been established – for exampl…

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Wall, Heinrich de, “Pastoral Office”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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