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Pastoral Role
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[German Version]

The pastor’s professional role is made up of all the specific normative and intersubjective expectations and demands that are addressed to the role-bearer regarding his or her behavior in specific situations, which when realized lead to the predictability and reliability of expectations regarding this behavior. The supraindividual expectations generalized in the pastoral role are intended to ensure that for every case and for interpretation of the existential issues there is a qual-ified person responsible. Role-adoption cannot be viewed primarily a…

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Marhold, Wolfgang, “Pastoral Role”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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