For Pope Francis, a theology whose sources remain within its own system is a closed theology that will eventually become irrelevant.
But a theology that goes beyond its own borders develops friendship with all, therefore being highly relevant for all times.
With these hallmarks, Pope Francis has promoted an open theology focused on dialogue and human experience. He has indicated how these are meaningful sources of theology, places we must go to understand more fully God, ourselves, and the world.
With Pope Francis now onboard, we can say that theology schools which do not allow theological inquiry across religious borders are not safe places to study today. They risk exclusivity, isolation, and the production of Francis’ “little monsters” – priests and seminarians, even some laity more concerned about defence propositions for what they know little about.
Consequently, opportunities for theology students must exist in Catholic theology schools to study theology beyond a single faith tradition.
Source: CathNews New Zealand