A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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The years following the Second Vatican Council have been extremely productive for Catholic theology. There have been new theological voices, especially those of laymen and women; theologies from new cultural contexts, particularly Latin America, Africa and Asia; new themes for reflection... However, this period has also seen a certain fragmentation of theology, and in the dialogue just mentioned, theology always faces the challenge of maintaining its own true identity. The question arises, therefore, as to what characterises Catholic theology and gives it, in and through its many forms, a clear sense of identity in its engagement with the world of today.

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Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, D.D., "Carving Out the 'Asian Face' of Christ: Challenge to a New Ecclesiastical Faculty," Landas 13/2 (1999): 100-105.

Address delivered by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, Archbishop of Manila, on the official declaration of Loyola School of Theology as an Ecclesiastical Faculty on September 10, 1999.

“The marker outside the Loyola House of Studies sets down 12 September 1965 as the date on which the splendid new buildings which the Philippine Jesuit Province had built on the Ateneo de Manila Campus on Loyola Heights were formally taken over by the Jesuit Scholasticate community. At that time, on 12 September, the whole Church used to celebrate the feast of the sweet name of Mary. That was 34 years ago, almost to the day.” (Download the whole article here.)

What¬†might be called “Filipino theology”? What were and are its concerns? What is its reality? Whither is it now bound?

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The following texts on "The Church and The Political Community", "Laity's Involvement and Leadership in Politics", and "Religious Freedom" are excerpts from the Acts and Decrees of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (1992), nos. 330-367...

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The truth which sets us free is a gift of Jesus Christ (cf. Jn 8:32). Man's nature calls him to seek the truth while ignorance keeps him in a condition of servitude. Indeed, man could not be truly free were no light shed upon the central questions of his existence including, in particular, where he comes from and where he is going...

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The 35th General Congregation experienced the deep affection of the Holy Father on two occasions, in his letter of January 10, 2008 and at the audience on February 21, 2008...

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The Loyola School of Theology has been erected as an Ecclesiastical Faculty by the Congregation for Catholic Education on August 13, 1999 for the purpose of granting ecclesiastical degrees. The Apostolic Constitution, Sapientia Christiana, of the Supreme Pontiff Pope John Paul II on Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (1979) and the particular statutes of LST approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education govern the work of LST. What follows below is the text of Sapientia Christiana:
 

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