“Pastoral care is directed towards salvation, not comfort.”

If you take nothing else away from this, a column that is well-worth reading for several reasons, let it be the reclaiming of one of the most abused words in the Catholic lexicon, so often used to demand or justify lassitudinous “don’t judge” “anything goes” attitudes. “Pastoral care is directed towards salvation, not comfort.” Pastor derives from shepherd, and it is a poor shepherd indeed who lets his flock walk off a cliff for fear of offending the sheep.

Post facto:

MP: A genuinely pastoral statement (Sept. 7, 2011)

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