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International Theological Commission needs more female theologians, Pope says

November 30, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: At a November 30 audience with members of the International Theological Commission, Pope Francis remarked “that you should have more women here.”

In prepared remarks to the commission (which were read by an aide), the Pope said that theology should be done “’from below—that is to say, with a privileged gaze for the poor and simple, and at the same time ‘on your knees.’” Theology should also be synodal, he continued, citing the Council of Nicea as a model.

In extemporaneous remarks, the Pope focused on what women could contribute to the Church’s learning, saying that women “have a capacity for theological reflection that is different from that of us men.”

The members of the International Theological Commission are appointed by the Pope for five-year terms. Thus all current members have been appointed by Pope Francis.

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