Directorium Pastorale - Principles and Practice of Pastoral Work in the Church of England
by John Henry Blunt (9781406783551)

Directorium Pastorale - Principles and Practice of Pastoral Work in the Church of England
John Henry Blunt
Release Date: 01 October 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 476
Category: Christian Life
ISBN: 9781406783551
ISBN-10: 1406783552

PREFACE. WHETHER we look at the social or the spiritual aspect of the relations between the clergy of the Church of England and the people committed to their charge, the importance of the Pastoral Office to English society and English reli gion can hardly be over-estimated. During the last gene ration, and so much of the present as has already passed, there has been a very rapid development of new phases of social life education has extended greatly among the middle and lower classes the power of thinking, and of expressing their thoughts, has become a possession many and not of the few personal piety of the is much more respected than it has been for many generations and, lastly, a conscious and willing assent to the principles and system of the Church of England is to be observed among a larger proportion of the population than, perhaps, at any time since the Reformation, or at least since the suppression and persecution of the Church in the seventeenth century. All these things work together to make the position of the clergy one of importance to the age and all make it necessary that they should be men of the age if they are to maintain their place, as they ought, at the head of the forward march of society. The old ideal of a clergymnn as quot a gentleman and a scholar quot is not one that we can afford to despise, whatever other qualifications may be thought desirable to fill out a proper ideal. Nor ought we to slight the popular newspaper notion that the office of the Clergy is quot generally to leaven the people, and give a good tone to society.quot There are, indeed, far higher objects than these before the eyes of Christ s ministers but these are yet the tithe of mint, anise, and cummin, which we must not neglect to pay, though more exalted duties than the rendering of such small tithe may be imposed upon us. It seems to me that there are four principal particulars to which the attention of all who love the Church of England, whether clergy or laity, should be earnestly directed at once, if the age is to be moulded it by as there seems good hope that it may be. 1. The clergy ought to be maintained still in that high social position which they have hitherto occupied, re membering that while none but quot gentlemen quot in habit and feeling can ever be acceptable to the higher, the pro fessional, and the best of the mercantile classes so also, a man of refined taste and good social position carries far more influence for good with the lower classes than one destitute of those qualifications, if the energy and ability of the two are equal. 2. The general knowledge of the clergy ought to keep pace with the age, so that there may be many points of sympathy, even on secular matters, between them and their flocks. He who spoke to shepherds and fishermen as one familiar with their callings would not have shrunk from using the knowledge peculiar to a mechanical, com mercial, scientific, and artistic age, for the purposes of the Kingdom of Heaven...

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