Monday, May 7, 2012

Pentecost comes early to Vatican

Intl. Theological Commission studies Catholic theology's 'genetic code'
Painting of the Holy Spirit's descent on the Apostles, allowing them to preach in any language.
Photo credit: Catholic Home
Father Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP, has published an article in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican City newspaper, detailing the work of the International Theological Commission (ITC) in new evangelization efforts. The ITC, approved by Pope Paul VI, helps the the Holy See on doctrinal questions of major importance. It's made up of 30 theologians.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Church is focusing all her energy on the “new evangelization”. But, Catholic theology risks being fragmented. Because of specialization, the various disciplines within theology tend to move away from one another. Biblical scholars and dogmatic and moral theologians all too often live on different planets. 
Theology no longer has the monopoly on religious questions. Furthermore, it must defend its right to exist in front of the philosophy of religion and religious sciences. 
It is therefore vital for Catholic theology to repeat to itself what it is and what it must be and to show itself to those with whom it collaborates within the scientific community.
Read the full story here.

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