International Theological Commission Renovates Web Page

Document Consultation Made Easier

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 18, 2012 ( The International Theological Commission announced that it has renovated its Web page at the Vatican Web site.

The page is found along with the other pages linked to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at

The commission was established in 1969 with the mission of helping the Holy See, and specifically the CDF, «in examining doctrinal questions of great importance and contemporary relevance,» the statement recalled. «The Commission is composed of theologians of diverse schools and nations, who are eminent for their knowledge and fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. The members – who never number more than 30 – are proposed by the cardinal prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after consultation with the bishops’ conferences and appointed by the Holy Father for a 5-year period of service. The current 5-year term began in 2009 and will conclude in 2013.»

Over the course of its history the Commission has published 25 documents with the approval of its president. These documents are now readily available at the Web site, generally in seven translations. The collection will grow as more translations are made.

The page also contains a list of the principal editions of collections of the documents in various languages. There is a link to the papal speeches to the members of the Commission too (“Pontifical Speeches”).

Finally, there is a link called “Documents” under which are contained the different contributions to the Commission’s work and publications, in particular comments and illustrative contributions.

The statement concluded, «It is the lively hope of the Commission that the renovated Web page might be a helpful and stimulating instrument for the consultation of documents by those who are interested, first of all bishops, theologians, priests and consecrated persons but also students and other faithful the world over, even where it is hard to come by [the Commission’s] publications.»

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