VATICAN-PHILOSOPHY Mar-22-2011 (360 words) With photos. xxxi
Vatican says church philosophy studies must combat suspicion of truth
Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski talks about new norms for the ecclesiastical studies of philosophy. (CNS/Alessandro Serrano, Catholic Press Photo)
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When training priests and educating students in philosophy, the Catholic Church must combat a widespread sensation that there really is no such thing as permanent, objective truths, a new Vatican document said.
Because so many students are influenced by the cultural suspicion of truth, the Vatican said it will require an extra year of study before a student can earn a church-recognized bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Phi Beta Iota: Something very important is happening within the Catholic Church. The Most Holy Father Benedict XVI is a “convergence Pope” and moving on multiple fronts. He is seeking to reconcile religion with science; philosophy with theology; logic with pastoral direction. In short, His Holiness is deepening and elaborating on initiatives begun by Pope John Paul II, to include pro-active inter-faith and pro-active science and religion summits. Faith matters. History matters. Science matters. There is something happening here that is potentially a revolution in global human evolutionary psychology.