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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which uses a wide variety of pastoral/ecclesiastical sources and geographically covers much of western Europe. The book is organized loosely around three larger sections 1) Pastoral Care and the Clergy, 2) Pastoral Care and the Laity and 3) Pastoral Care and Religious Men and Women. The first section of this book looks at some of the responsibilities and ideals for the clergy and pastoral care, particularly as they relate to the implementation of reforms of Lateran IV. Section two discusses various aspects of the laity and pastoral care. The final section looks at the ways in which monks and nuns participated in the work of pastoral care. It studies how monastic communities in England were actively engaged in the cura animarum.

Keywords: clergy; cura animarum; ecclesiastical sources; laity; Lateran IV; monastic communities; monks; nuns; pastoral care; western Europe



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