Svrha je Fakulteta njegovanje, znanstveno istraživanje te sustavno i cjelovito izlaganje kršćanske Objave, unaprjeđivanje spoznaje njezine istine preko filozofsko-teoloških znanosti; odgoj i obrazovanje biskupijskoga klera, članova ustanova posvećenoga života, članova družba apostolskoga života i katoličkih laika; evangelizacija i inkulturacija kršćanstva kao i razvoj kršćanske filozofske i teološke misli, u suradnji s ostalim znanstvenim ustanovama; unaprjeđenje ekumenizma i razgovora sa svim kršćanima, promicanje dijaloga s nekršćanima i onima koji ne vjeruju, sa svijetom i kulturom.
Statut Fakulteta (čl. 9., § 1.)
Catholic Faculty of Theology, in the spirit of liberty and in accordance with the regulations of the Catholic Church, the Law and the Statute of the University, achieves its purpose by teaching and scientific research, collaboration with other faculties, especially with the Catholic Faculty of Theology in Split and Đakovo respectivelly – encouraging interdisciplinarity and preserving independency – according to the regulations of the Holy See, special focus of scientific research, publications, congresses, symposiums, conferences and other scientific meetings, as well as active cooperation of all its members – teachers and students – according to their possibilities and capabilities.
The Faculty wants to remain faithful to its original, traditional and well tested mission of an ecclesial scientific-research institution of higher education, while being deeply aware of its responsibility in the Church, the University of Zagreb, and Croatian society. Through scientific-research, scientific-teaching, artistic-research, artistic-teaching, and publishing programmes and projects in its proper domains of science and art, the Faculty will continue, as it has until now, to develop serious scientific and artistic research, educate the complete human person, who can, with her/his spiritual, intellectual and moral virtues, contribute to the growth of the Kingdom of God on earth, to pursuing the mission of the local and universal Church, and to the common good of the whole Croatian society and the community of the European nations and countries.
The Faculty sees itself in the future as being what it was in the past, the most important and the most excellent bearer of scientific, research, teaching, spiritual and cultural work in scientific fields of philosophy, theology, pastoral theology, religious pedagogy, catechesis, bioethics, social teaching of the Church and other similar humanistic and social sciences, as well as artistic work in the field of music, especially Church music, whose only bearer in Croatia is precisely the Faculty. The Faculty wants to participate, in line with its competencies which include scientific, research, teaching, artistic, publishing and professional activity, in forming, promoting and carrying out of the new evangelisation of Croatian people.
As the oldest and surely most respectable ecclesial scientific-teaching, educational and theological institution of higher education in Croatia and in the whole Croatian nation, the Faculty remains faithful to and conscious of its responsibility to continue pursuing its mission on the old and well tested grounds in different contemporary cultural circumstances. Therefore it will continue to spread the Kingdom of God and to proclaim the Gospel, to promote faith that seeks understanding, to promote the Conciliar renewal of the Church, to promote the spirit of ecumenism and dialogue and to spread the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, solidarity, and agreement, to prepare and educate students for morally responsible and competent acceptance of future offices and obligations, to promote permanent formation of those who are bearers of various offices in the Church and society and those who are bearers of various responsibilities for the common good of the Church and the Croatian society, to establish cooperation with other similar scientific and artistic institutions in Croatia and abroad and, especially, to develop and promote cooperation with other constituents of the University of Zagreb, in accordance with its canonical and academic status and its Gospel mission.
Svrha je Sveučilišta i Fakulteta formirati studente u katoličkoj nauci na razini visoke kvalifikacije u različitim disciplinama. Oni uvode slušače u dublja istraživanja, osposobljavajući ih za službu predavača na katedrama viših crkvenih studija, za istraživače znanosti ili pak za pastoralno djelovanje.
Sapientia christiana (br. 3)