H.E. Most Reverend Mario TOSO, S.D.B.
Titular Bishop of Bisarcio
A Salesian priest, born in Mogliano Veneto (TV), the 2nd of July 1950, H. E. Bishop Mario Toso completed his degree in philosophy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (1978). His thesis was on the Thomistic Thought of Etienne Gilson, the noted historian and French philosopher. Bishop Toso subsequently earned a Licentiate in Philosophy (Pontifical Salesian University) and in Theology (Pontifical Lateran University). He became Ordinary Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the Salesian University and a Professor of Social Magisterium at the Lateran.
Most recently he served as Rector of the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, from 2003-2009. Prior to that assignment, he was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (1994-2000) at the same University, and also Director of the Institute of Social and Political Science, an office to which he had just been renewed upon terminating his mandate as Rector, on 30 June 2009. Bishop Toso was the Founder and President of the Foundation for the Pontifical Salesian University from 2006; President and Co-Founder of the Association pro universitate Don Bosco; and President of URBE (Roman Union of Biblical Ecclesiastics).
One of the areas of Catholic thought to which he has dedicated a great deal of reflection is the theme of the Welfare State, on it complex reforms in the social sense, and examining its more general philosophical, historical, ethical, and cultural contexts.
As a scholar and a specialist of CEI (The Italian Episcopal Conference), Bishop Toso followed the process of the National Office for Social Problems and Work, collaborating in the publication of the documents Evangelizzare il sociale (1991), Democrazia economia, sviluppo e bene comune (1994), as well as some supplements to the report Etica e finanza. More recently, he has increasingly engaged in reflecting upon the courageous experience of the Schools of Formation in the Social and Political Commitment. He has been a member of the following organizations: “L’Osservatorio nazionale,” “Società civile-terzo settore”, “Economia solidale” and “Etica e finanza”.
In his capacity as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, he has actively participated in moments of reflection on the themes of non-violence and problems of the distribution of property. Together with other experts, he offered his decisive and qualified contribution to the various drafts connected with the project of synthesizing the Social Doctrine of the Church into the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Città del Vaticano, 2004). He was also involved in the preparatory work of the latest Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate.
He is the author of many books on the themes of the Social Doctrine of the Church.