Pontifical Council for Culture
Under the guidance of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the STOQ Project began in six different pontifical universities. The origins of the Pontifical Council for Culture (Pontificium Consilium de Cultura) date back to Vatican Council II. In the pastoral constitution, Gaudium et Spes , an entire section was dedicated to shedding light on the fundamental importance of culture for the full development of the person, the various connections between culture and the message of salvation, and the mutual enrichment of the Church and various world cultures (Gaudium et Spes , 53-62).
Drawing from the work accomplished at the session on evangelization during the Synod of Bishops in the fall of 1974, Pope Paul VI wrote: “The Gospel, and therefore evangelization, are certainly not identical with culture, and they are independent in regard to all cultures. Nevertheless, the kingdom which the Gospel proclaims is lived by men who are profoundly linked to a culture, and the building up of the kingdom cannot avoid borrowing the elements of human culture or cultures. Though independent of cultures, the Gospel and evangelization are not necessarily incompatible with them; rather they are capable of permeating them all without becoming subject to any one of them.” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, art.20)
Drawing from the rich heritage of Paul VI, the Second Vatican Council and the Synod of Bishops, John Paul II established the Pontifical Council for Culture in May of 1982. In his Motu Proprio, Inde a Pontificatus (March 25, 1993), John Paul II merged the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-believers (founded in 1965 by Paul VI) with the Pontifical Council for Culture to form a single council, the Pontifical Council for Culture.
It isn't by chance that the STOQ Project exists under the patronage of this Council. One of the Council's primary tasks is commitment to furthering the dialogue between science, Philosophy and Theology in order to foster a more global understanding and thereby healing the rift between science and the humanities.
Pontificium Consilium de Cultura
Via della Conciliazione, 5
00120 Vatican City
Tel.: +39 06 6989 3811
Fax: +39 06 6988 7368 or 7165