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Vatican Theology Panel Report Available In Origins

March 8, 2012

WASHINGTON—“Theology Today: Principles, Perspectives and Criteria,” a report of the International Theological Commission, is available in the March 15 issue of Origins, the Catholic News Service (CNS) documentary service.

The 20,000-word report, which was dated November 29, 2011, was developed by a Vatican panel of theological advisers. Publication was recently authorized by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The report states that theologians and bishops have complementary roles in furthering understanding of the Catholic faith, but the former must ultimately defer to the latter on questions of definitive interpretation.

The International Theological Commission is comprised of theologians appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to study themes of current interest and offer expert advice to the Vatican's Doctrinal Congregation. The report reflects discussions held in Rome 2004-2011.

Copies of the individual document are available for sale. Further information can be found at


Keywords: theology, Origins, Catholic News Service, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, International Theological Commission, Pope Benedict XVI

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