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The new horizon of this commitment certainly sees your Institute convoked, in an altogether special way, to sustain the necessary opening of the intelligence of the faith at the service of the pastoral solicitude  of the Successor of Peter. The fruitfulness of this task of further reflection and study, in favor of the whole Church, is entrusted to the impetus of your mind and your heart. Let us not forget that “good theologians also, as good Pastors, smell of the people and of the street and, with their reflection, pour oil and wine on men’s wounds”. Paus Franciscus, Brief, Aan de Groot-Kanselier van de Pauselijke Katholieke Universiteit van ArgentiniĆ« b.g.v. het eeuwfeest van de theologische faculteit (3 mrt 2015) Theology and pastoral go together. A theological doctrine that does not let itself be guided and molded by the evangelizing end and by the pastoral care of the Church is all the more unthinkable than a pastoral of the Church that is unable to make a treasure of the revelation and of her tradition in view of a better intelligence and transmission of the faith.

This task calls for being rooted in the joy of the faith and in the humility of joyful service to the Church. Of the Church that exists, not of a Church thought in one’s image and likeness. The living Church in which we live, the beautiful Church to which we belong, the Church of the one Lord and one Spirit, to whom we give ourselves as “unworthy servants” (Lc. 17, 10), who offer their best gifts. The Church we love, so that all can love her. The Church in which we feel loved  beyond our merits, and for which we are ready to make sacrifices, in perfect joy. May God accompany us in this path of communion that we undertake together. And may He bless from now on the generosity with which you are about to sow the furrow entrusted to you.

Thank you!

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Naam: BIJ DE OPENING VAN HET NIEUWE ACADEMISCHE JAAR VAN HET PAUSELIJKE INSTITUUT JOHANNES PAULUS II VOOR STUDIES VAN FAMILIE EN GEZIN
Sala Clementina
Soort: Paus Franciscus - Toespraak
Auteur: Paus Franciscus
Datum: 28 oktober 2016
Copyrights: © 2016, Libreria Editrice Vaticana / zenit.org
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Bewerkt: 7 november 2019

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