Pastoral oversight

In the Easter sermon of 1827, during the termly service at which it was customary to take Communion, Newman spoke to the Oriel undergraduates of his responsibility for their welfare: ‘Account of us as thinking much and deeply of your eternal interests, as watching over your souls as those who must give account.’

Newman considered that ‘a Tutor was not a mere academical Policeman, or Constable, but a moral and religious guardian of the youths committed to him’. (Memoir, 1874)

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