December 3, 2010.
Benedict XVI has met with the International Theological Commission. The group of 30 theologians from around the world who advise the Pope on the most pressing doctrinal issues. The Pope stressed the critical link between faith and reason in the study of theology. He said that we can think about God and explain it as “he has gifted us with reason in harmony with his own nature.”
“Anyone who has discovered in Christ the love of God, infused by the Holy Spirit in our hearts, wants to better understand that love and that which loves him. Knowledge and love maintain one another.”
Currently the International Theological Commission is considering three topics: “The methodology of theology,” “The question of the one God for all three monotheistic religions,” and “Social Doctrine of the Church in the context of Christian Doctrine.”
The International Theological Commission was created after the Second Vatican Council, which was very important in the collaboration between theologians and bishops.
Joseph Ratzinger, who was then a professor of theology in Germany, was one of the first members of this group of experts.