Cardinal Scola: Universities can play a crucial role in the Synod on the Family

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Cardinal Scola: Universities can play a crucial role in the Synod on the Family

By Andrea Gagliarducci
Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2014 / 06:37 pm (EWTN News/CNA)

Cardinal Angelo Scola holds that pontifical universities are the ideal place where issues at stake in the Synod of Bishops – which will discuss families next autumn – can be more deeply understood and developed.

Universities should develop a dialogue that “moves from reality to scientific work, and from scientific work to reality, thus replicating the movement of Christianity: Jesus came from the periphery, then Christianity arrived at the center of the empire, and finally moved toward the peripheries again,” the Archbishop of Milan said Nov. 6.

He spoke to EWTN News at the Pontifical Lateran University, where he gave a lecture on Pope Francis’ vision of a university for the opening of the academic year.

As a pontifical university, the Lateran is established by the Holy See and includes faculties of theology, philosophy, and canon law. It is home to the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

Cardinal Scola noted that the John Paul II Institute was established at the behest of the Pope for which it is named, and is meant to develop the topic of the family. It has 11 branches throughout the world, and was widely quoted in the instrumentum laboris of the 2014 extraordinary Synod on the Family, even though none of its professors was appointed to take part in that synod.

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