Concrete Pastoral Applications

As we noted at the start, theology is a logos dealing with God's revelation in history. And since there is only one theology in the final analysis, this logos about God is also pastoral in nature from the very start. Everything I have said so far is also pastoral in one way or another, because speculative theology cannot really be separated from praxis. Theology must interpret God's revelation in day-to-day history. When it is separated from that history and turned into a distinct theoretical discipline, as happened in the past history of the Church, theology will inevitably become decadent.

Right now, however, I should like to deal with a few specific features that must be taken into account in our pastoral praxis. Pastoral activity cannot be guided by recipes. Instead it must approach the ever-changing face of reality with certain basic attitudes and realizations.

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