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The Pope will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, 2016

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Pope to International Theological Commission: God is not a threat!

2013-12-06

The Pope met with the International Theological Commission at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. To start things off, the Commission's president, Archbishop Gerhard Muller addressed the Pope.

ARCH. GERHARD MÜLLER
President, International Theological Commission

"We'd like to thank the Holy See and in particular the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.”

The Commission is taking part in a five year study period, that's divided in three main theological points. These include the social Doctrine of the Church, a sense of faith, and the relationship between monotheism and violence.

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"God is not a threat to humanity. Faith in God, and the Holy Trinity is not and should not generate violence or intolerance.”

As theologians, the Pope said this Commission has an irreplaceable role in fostering dialogue and understanding between the Church and different cultures. He added, it's a responsibility that makes them pioneers.

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"This notion of being a pioneer is very important because sometimes it's easy to think of theologians as being out in the distance.  Like being stationed at a military base, not on the front lines.”

The Pope also added that their task is both fascinating and dangerous. On one side, he said, it opens the door to a deep understanding of theology and holiness, but on the other hand,  it can lead to temptations like pride and ambition.

When it comes to the social doctrine of the Church, the Pope said first and foremost it's the Church that must live out its teachings.


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