The university is the natural place for research into ministry and addressing some of the challenges of modern ministry. This goes hand-in-hand with the advocacy of formation for ministry of which we read in section 344.
345. We encourage appreciation for the rich postconciliar reflection of the church in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the philosophical, theological, and pastoral reflection of our churches and their centers for formation and research, so as to strengthen our own identity, develop pastoral creativity, and to energize what is ours. Study and theological and pastoral research must be fostered to deal with the challenges of the new multiple, differentiated, and globalized social reality, seeking new responses to sustain faith and the living out of discipleship of pastoral agents. We also suggest greater use of the services offered by existing theological and pastoral formation institutes by fostering dialogue between them and devoting more resources and joint efforts in the formation of lay men and women.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.