Pope tells theologians they should adhere to truth
(Oct. 6, 2006) Pope Benedict XVI on Friday told theologians that they had the sacred
duty to speak not for themselves but for God, who is truth, even if it is often difficult.
Concelebrating Mass with members of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission
at the end of their plenary assembly, the Pope said the beautiful vocation and mission
of the theologian is to talk for God – to make the Word, the Word that comes from
God, the Word that is God Himself, present through his words. This, he said, requires
purification of thought through silence and the contemplation of the Word, who is
Truth Himself. Speaking to earn applause, or to satisfy the taste and demands of
public opinion is considered, what the Pope described as ‘a type of prostitution of
the word and of the soul.” Purity, he said, does not give in to this standard and
to applause but seeks obedience to the truth. Pope Benedict said this obedience to
the truth is a fundamental virtue of the theologian, even though it is difficult.
The Theological commission met from Oct 2-6 to discuss the draft of a document on
the state of babies or children who die without Baptism.