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pas·tor·al

 (păs′tər-əl, pă-stôr′-)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to shepherds or herders.
b. Of, relating to, or used for animal husbandry.
2.
a. Of or relating to the country or country life; rural.
b. Charmingly simple and serene; idyllic. See Synonyms at rural.
3. Of, relating to, or being a literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
4. Of or relating to a pastor or the duties of a pastor: pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
n.
1. A literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
2. Music A pastorale.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstōrālis, from pāstor, shepherd; see pastor.]

pas′tor·al·ly adv.
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"Hark at Meliboeus," snarled the noble marquis; "he's pastorally occupied too: he's shearing a Southdown.
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The Archdiocese of Glasgow said: "We are committed to responding pastorally to those who report abuse.
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Archbishop of Wales John Davies stated in a memo ahead of today's meeting in Lampeter: "The Bishops of the Church in Wales believe that it is pastorally unsustainable and unjust for the Church to continue to make no formal provision for those in committed same-gender relationships.
The hubris that underlies these synods is palpable With all those red and purple beanies, one wonders where the marital expertise comes from to decide how to deal pastorally with the nones.
Last year the archdiocese opened the ministry of mercy to respond pastorally to the drug problem and the alarming cases of summary executions in the past two years.
"We try to find as many different ways as possible to work with our children pastorally.
One, learn to discern and interpret the law pastorally and if one will err, do so on the side of being pastoral.
Kimble's writing is succinct, exegetically sound, theologically conventional, and pastorally supportive; extensively researched and well documented.