In order to be consistent with the identity and functions of Theologians, the academic education and training for the Degree must necessarily integrate both conceptual aspects and a set of theoretical and practical skills and abilities that may be separated into the following three categories:
Cognitive Skills and Abilities (Knowledge)
In light of what is established by Christian Sapientia, graduates of this degree have a broad background of knowledge regarding the disciplines that make up the epistemological basis of Theology (both general content and those that are part of the different areas of specialization).
Areas of Knowledge: Philosophy, Fundamental Theology, Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology, Liturgy and Sacraments, Patrology and History of the Church, Moral Theology, Spiritual Theology, Pastoral Theology and Canon Law.
Graduates have a basic knowledge of Philosophy (two years of studies in Philosophy) that allows them access to Theology as a rational reflection on Faith.
Graduates acquire sufficient mastery of the fundamental areas of Theology, indicated above, to give reasoning and substantiate the statements of the confession of Faith of the Catholic Christian Community, relying both on Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium, as well as on the great theologians of Christian tradition until the present day.
Graduates have a diversified knowledge concerning the religious facts of the past and the present (History and Phenomenology of Religion).
The various scientific methods of writing and theological interpretation are learned in their most basic lines of study.
Key principles are managed to correctly state the discernment of moral problems in a pluralistic society, and to be able to offer the Christian proposal in this debate.
Sufficient competence is gained for reading and understanding Theological texts elaborated throughout twenty centuries of History.
Graduates obtain a personalized synthesis of the main affirmations of the Faith and are able to account for them in an organized, systematic and reasoned way, and to place them in the historical Ecclesial context in which they were forged.
The Liturgical and Pastoral knowledge necessary for the performance of the tasks and ministries of this Degree is acquired.
Procedural Skills and Abilities (Know-How)
The education and training of graduates in Theology ensures the acquisition of skills and abilities related to know-how, that is to say, the acquisition of procedures and strategies for the development of the functions characteristic of Theologians in the different fields in which they exercise their "profession."
They are qualified to give an oral or written reasoning for the theological synthesis acquired during the time of their educational period.
Graduates are able to identify the social context as the theological place from which they make their reflection on the Christian Faith and build evangelizing experiences, being able to capture the different particularities of the various socio-cultural environments and different people, and to adapt the Christian message and communicate it in very diverse situations.
The data of Sacred Scripture, tradition, and Ecclesial teaching in Theological works are creatively integrated, being able to contextualize and translate them to the various social and cultural situations in which they may be found, as well as to deliver a lecture or write a paper on a current problem of Christian Life.
They are able to translate the knowledge and methods of Scriptural, Historical, Canonical and Theological interpretation acquired into Pastoral and Pedagogical practices.
Graduates possess the basic skills and strategies of communication and guidance , help, resolution of moral problems and conflicts that arise in Ecclesial, religious, matrimonial, social, affective-sexual, and bioethical fields.
The ability to analyze, argue and organize adequate information concerning the main Christian dogmas or truths , in a critical and relevant way, is acquired.
Graduates are qualified to work in groups, exchanging opinions and participating in discussions and collaborating with others in Pastoral, Liturgical and Social tasks.
They possess skills to be active in Community Leadership and perform tasks of Spiritual Accompaniment.
Attitudinal Skills and Abilities (Know How to Be)
Graduates in Theology “know and do”, rooted in a certain know-how, that is to say, from the basis of values and attitudes that permeate their knowledge and "professional" work.
They “Feel with the Church” and are willing to commit faithful to the Church, in the tasks in which they develop their professional skills.
Graduates live, in an integrated manner, the contents of Faith that they profess, both in their personal life and in their activity in the Church, bearing witness to them.
A special concern for the development of of Justice, based on Love, is evidenced in the tasks carried out..
They are capable of transmitting and generating Hope, born of Faith in their world and their culture.
Respect and the search for fraternal relationships characterize their way of expressing and relating, their way of transmitting the meaning and value of their Faith, and the way they meet and participate in with other religions and value systems.
They are in possession of the key principles for correctly posing moral problems in a pluralistic society, able to offer the Christian proposal in debate, without impositions, but also without forgetting, from an attitude of commitment to dialogue, to listen to and respect others.