the book of pastoral rule

the book of pastoral rule - Michael Penna The Book of...

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Michael Penna The Book of Pastoral Rule was written by Pope Gregory. Before becoming the bishop of Rome Gregory was the prefect of Rome, serving as governor, chief of police and chief justice. Because of his previous experience, Pope Gregory was keenly familiar with the city. His job post led him to a higher place in society; however, Gregory did not enjoy the prestige. In fact, upon the death of his father, he converted the family mansion into a monastery and lived in it as a simple monk. This self-discipline was one of the motives that influenced Pope Gregory in preparing the book. When Gregory finally assumed the office of the papacy, among other things he was very concerned with the poor education given to the clergy. Noticing this gap, Gregory wrote the Book as a guide for pastors as well as to encourage the continuing education of seminarians.* The Book of Pastoral Rule attempted to serve as a guide to the duties of a pastor. It was written for current pastors as well as those considering becoming a pastor. This was first brought up when Pope Gregory stated “for one whose position is such that the people are called his flock ought anxiously to consider how great a necessity is laid upon him to maintain uprighteousness.” This section of the rule did so through two parts so that it could easily be read and discerned:
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