“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth” (John Paul II, Fides et ratio). At the School of Theology and Religious Studies, we are committed to contemplating the truth by God’s gifts of faith and reason, and we strive to do so in the communion of the Church, nourished by the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Church’s life. No truth is alien to us: while most of us work in the theological sciences, others work in the realm of religious studies, bringing to bear the best of the social sciences and historical research in pursuit of greater understanding of religion, especially in its complex intersection with human culture.
As the nation’s premier Catholic University, The Catholic University of America has long played a leadership role in larger conversations: conversations within the Catholic Church about matters of intense social and theological importance; conversations between the Catholic Church and other Christian communities in the United States and beyond; and conversations between the Catholic Church and American society. It has played this leadership role first and foremost by the theological education provided by the School of Theology and Religious Studies to its students, great numbers of whom have gone on to play leadership roles at every level of society, in the United States and throughout the world, and by the research, publications, and public contributions of its faculty.