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
Roo-FINE-uss
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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