Pope Francis to theologians: Don't do theology away from people
For Pope Francis, the theologian isn't just a simple scholar of God, but rather much more. He or she is a scholar at the service of a people, the Church, to which he or she belongs and is nurtured by. There's no room for individualist theologians who compete amongst themselves to see who knows more.
Before members of the Italian Theological Association, the pope said theology must be used to help evangelize.
“A theology that helps every Christian proclaim and show is necessary; above all, the saving face of God, of the merciful God, especially in light of some unprecedented challenges the human being faces today.”
Pope Francis met with the organization in honor of its 50th anniversary. The association was created with the goal of helping people understand the Second Vatican Council.