December 2, 2011. (Romereports.com)
Benedict XVI met with the International Theological Commission. At the request of the pope, the commission is analyzing three issues. They include monotheism, the Social Doctrine of the Church and its method of theology. In regards to monotheism, the pope said it shouldn't be a source of violence, but rather of personal and universal peace.
“The work of this session has coincided with the first week of Advent, a time that reminds us how every theologian is called to be a man of Advent, a witness of watchful waiting, which illuminates the ways of understanding the Word that became flesh.”
The pope added that to achieve a strong relationship between faith and reason, the Church needs theologians who are prepared and faithful. The International Theological Commission was established after the Second Vatican Council, as a way to extend the work carried out by experts.
The Council advises the pope on different issues, as requested by the pope. In fact, Joseph Ratzinger was a member of the Commission until pope Paul VI named him Archbishop of Munich.