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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840$
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W. M. Jacob

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.001.0001

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

(p.203) 8 Pastoral Care
The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840

David Albert Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the clergy in pastoral care in their parishes. It considers the expectations of the Church's Canons and the bishops. It considers the evidence for parochial visiting, care for the sick and the dying, including drawing up people's wills, and the administration of charity. It also explores their role as chair of the parish vestry, and in the administration and reform of the Poor Law. It investigates their role in the moral oversight of the residents of their parish; the part religious societies played in improving the spiritual and moral lives of parishioners, and their role as a reconciler in their parish; the significance of the appointment of many clergy as justices of the peace in the later 18th century; and the impact of this on their role.

Keywords:   sick and dying, charity, vestry, Poor Law, morality, religious societies, reconciliation, magistrates, justices of the peace

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