.- In a message to Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, for the closing of the international conference âThe University and the Social Teaching of the Church,â Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, said the Churchâs social teaching enriches research and formation at Catholic universities.
âThe issues addressed during this conference are of great prominence and relevance, because they are intended to give form and substance to the dialogue between the gospel and culture. As is well known, one of the outstanding characteristics of todayâs culture, above all at the academic level, is advanced research and specialization,â he said. That specialization, the cardinal continued, carries "the risk of fragmentation," with each branch of the social sciences pursuing its own particular studies.
The Magisterium of the Church continuously stresses that âman is capable of attaining a unified and organic vision of knowledge,â Cardinal Bertone noted. âThe Churchâs social teaching is also tasked with this duty,â he said.