Sunday, November 5, 2023

Motu Propio on Theology

Pope Francis has issued a new apostolic letter, Ad theologiam promovendam, to update the statutes of the Pontifical Academy of Theology and to call for a "paradigm shift" in theology for the world of today. 

The letter, dated November 1, 2023, was published on November 3 by the Vatican News. In it, the pope urges theologians to engage in dialogue with different traditions, disciplines, religions, and cultures, and to develop a "fundamentally contextual theology" that can interpret the Gospel in the light of the concrete situations of people's lives. 

The pope also emphasizes the need for a "transdisciplinary" approach that can make use of new categories and languages developed by other forms of knowledge, and for a "pastoral" theology that is attentive to the voice of the people and the wounds of humanity and creation. The pope affirms that theology is a discipline of wisdom that must be spiritual, prayerful, and prophetic, and that must serve the Church's mission of evangelization and encounter.

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Sources:

: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2023-11/pope-francis-motu-proprio-pontifical-theology-academy.html

: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/255887/pope-francis-calls-for-paradigm-shift-in-theology-for-world-of-today

: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2023/11/02/new-papal-document-reads-like-a-conclusion-in-search-of-an-argument/

: https://www.pillarcatholic.com/p/ad-theologiam-promovendam-a-brief

: https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2023/11/07/three-theologians-on-the-popes-paradigm-shift-in-theology/

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