I had occasion recently to do some thinking on this topic – one which is particularly important to me in my work in Campus Ministry.

Often I feel that what is termed pastoral is juxtaposed against the doctrinal teaching of the faith, and the two are set up in opposition to each other, in a kind of ‘zero sum’ game.

I hope to have shown, with the use of Scripture, and the Church’s teaching at the Second Vatican Council, and through the teaching of recent papacies that pastoral care is fundamentally about helping people attain the holiness to which they are called.

Please have a read and let me know your thoughts:

http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/ecea/vol3/iss1/6/