Sunday, October 25, 2009

Notes on Oration 2 of St. Gregory the Theologian

Monday, October 5, 2009
Oration 2
No one had ever identified the real roles of priesthood, pointed out the pitfalls, and chartered a course for a successful priesthood
Not a systematic treatise; not a book on the priesthood like subsequent authors will write (Sts. Augustine, John Chrysostom, Gregory the Great, Ambrose)
Oration rhetorically & structurally styled as a defense of his flight, but within which there are series of theories about pastoral leadership – his theories are to be considered as advances –
Content: who should & who should not be a priest,
Previous lists about credentials of a bishop, but no one had really articulated the responsibilities of pastoral leadership
How a priest is best able to navigate
How Old Testament saints possessed the necessary pastoral virtues
Only Christian author Gregory the Great cites on pastoral care is Gregory the Theologian
What is Gregory actually saying:
No inexperienced pastor is qualified to give advice – experience: ascetic credentials, not desire anything, intellectual & theological sophistication to have all the answers,

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