IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 206: Pastors of All Kinds: Adapting Pastoral Care for Local Needs across England, France, and Germany

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Philippa Byrne, St John's College, University of Oxford
Rebecca Springer, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Philippa Byrne, St John's College, University of Oxford
Paper 206-aCommunicating Pastoral Care: What Priests Explained to Their Parishioners in 13th-Century England and France
(Language: English)
Felicity Hill, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 206-bTeaching Pastoral Care in Southern Germany in the 13th Century: Evidence from Abbreviations of Raymond of Penafort’s Summa de Casibus
(Language: English)
Emily Corran, Department of History, St John's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 206-c'Preachers, doctors, and any of the elect': Religious Ministry by Lay People in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Rebecca Springer, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Abstract

This session examines how techniques of pastoral care were adapted to fit the needs of communities across England, France, and Germany in the 12th and 13th centuries. The papers set out new ways in which historians might conceptualise and engage with the evidence for pastoral care. The first examines how local legislation was published, deployed, and tied into the religious life of the laity, and provides a comparison between the approaches of English and French bishops. The second analyses adaptations by simple friars of Raymond de Penafort’s Summa for use in southern German communities: how texts were used, abridged, and fitted for practice. The third addresses how members of the laity in England might minister to family members and friends, often with priestly approval.