Joseph Ratzinger binds together the triptych 'theology - the university - science' by the common issue of a search for the truth and the service to the truth. Theology is being done 'in the Church and with the Church', it belongs to the Church and depends upon her. Thus, theology is ecclesial in its essence, it teaches not in its own name but on behalf of the Church. The ethos of the university - particularly of a Catholic university - consists in the common witness to the truth and in forming the transcendent dimension of man. Thus, the service to the human person is expressed by the university in developing 'a new humanism' as a response to cultural and spiritual desires of the humankind. The mission of the university is not only its service to knowledge but also to the education, which means bearing witness to the truth that has been found. According to Benedict XVI both theology and the university with science should know how to unite the two ways of knowing - faith and reason into one common tone, with its unique enhancing of reason. In a characteristic way Ratzinger gives special attention to rationality which leads to the ultimate Truth.
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