The Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Vienna sees itself as a place of academic research and study in dialogue with other sciences, with members of the public society and the Church.
The life and work of the Faculty is influenced by the "genius loci" of its location Vienna. The history of this city makes Vienna a European focal point of different cultural worlds. Important political policy-makers as well as many international organizations are based in Vienna. Numerous Christian sister-churches, Jewish, Islamic and other religious communities come together in Vienna.
Being a university town, Vienna enjoys the dense presence of various research institutions, as well as other important social and religious institutions.
The geographical neighborhood to Central-, Southern- and Eastern Europe, especially to the former communist countries bears a particular challenge for the Faculty. That is why we encourage theological interaction with th
Together with other Faculties of the University of Vienna, the Faculty of Catholic Theology is committed "to reflect on the relationship between politics, power and science critically and self-critically, represent democratic principles internally and externally, advance the human and civil rights and stand up for their realization, reduce national, religious and cultural barriers and support dialogue between cultures, nations and religions".
Theological science does not operate in isolation, but in close association with the other university sciences. On one hand it requires other sciences for its own work; it is committed to the standars of today´s scientific practice.
On the other hand, it can remind the scientific world that the lives of people is determined not only by science.
Theology demands a culture of freedom and justice for all - given the growing fragmentation of the shared lifeworld through scientific and technological, social and economic developments.
Theology is firmly rooted in tradition that remains given and assigned. In times where "memories" are often dispised, a Church that "reminds" can however be a powerful shelter for manhood. In carrying out this task the Church has to rely on the contribution of Theology. Theology is integrated on the one hand in the church and part of her life; on the other hand, it is subject to the criteria of scientific research.
This can lead to tensions that require a respectful and creative dialogue between Church leadership and Theology. A contribution to the time-sensitive self-interpretation of Christianity and the Church can be expected from Theology. In addition Theology contributes to the creative advancement of ecclesiastical structures and the ecclesiastical personnel development by providing qualified scientists to offer education and training.
In a time of growing curiosity for various forms of spirituality the Faculty is dedicated to making the importance of academic Theology visible. The Christian traditions of spirituality and mysticism are destined to be connected to the discourse that was rational accounted for during Enlightenment.
It is the Gospel that binds the Church to the people, to their personal lives and social coexistence. Therefore Theology´s mission is to unfold the renewing power of the Gospel in a way that is critical, loyal and attentive to current social and cultural developments.
The Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Vienna is thus concerned with socially relevant issues and current challenges. These include, among others, the theodicy issue, the destiny of the culture of freedom, violence in society, solidarity and the culture of solidarity, gender justice, current ethical questions, the aims and formation of school education and inter-religious dialogue.
The faculty does not only work within academic circles, but also makes its projects and results available to the general public. This is an important part of theology´s perception of social responsibility.