Pope Francis said that the work of theologians is both fascinating and risky during a meeting with members of the International Theological Commission, according to an article on Catholic Culture.
The work of a theologian is “fascinating” because it can be “a true path to holiness,” but it is also “risky” because “it bears temptations with it: hardness of heart, pride, even ambition,” the Pope reportedly told the Commission.
Theologians play an essential role in teaching the Faith to college students and preparing them for a lifelong mission of living out the Faith. Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly emphasized the importance of faithful Catholic theologians. He stated:
As we have seen in too many Catholic colleges, the pride that Pope Francis warns theologians to avoid is not only ‘risky’ to the scholar. The work of too many prideful theologians has endangered the souls of college students, influenced the faithful, corrupted institutions and fed the Church’s decline in America and Europe for many decades. But we can also celebrate the many faithful and excellent theologians whose work is proving essential to the New Evangelization.
The Holy Father also prayed for the theologians through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, that she “might obtain for all those who live the theological life an increase in the spirit of prayer and devotion, so that they might be true servants of the Church in a profound spirit of humility,” according to the Vatican network News.va.
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