Catechesis on Human Love

JPI 554/764

This course studies John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body —his “Wednesday catecheses”—through a reading of the text and a discussion of his scriptural, theological, and philosophical methodology. It shows how the dual unity of man and woman and their interpersonal communion, even in the body, image divine trinitarian life. The explanation will follow a historical thread, from Creation to the final resurrection of the flesh. A chapter devoted to the redemption of the body brought about by Christ through his death and resurrection will be added, in order to better grasp the theological unity of the proposal. John Paul II draws from this christological anthropology the nuptial nature of reality, which is expressed differently in marriage and consecrated celibacy, thus expressing the vocation of the Church as spouse of Christ. Special emphasis will be made on the foundations of the Theology of the Body in the Christian tradition.

Course Texts for Spring 2017

  • John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia.
  • Ratzinger, Eschatology: Death and Eternal life (Washington DC: CUA Press, 2007) 2nd edition. ISBN 0813215161
  • Balthasar, The Christian State of Life (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2002). ISBN 0898707889
  • John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them. A Theology of the Body. Boston: Pauline Press, 2006. ISBN: 0819874213.
  • Karol Wojtyla, Love and Responsibility. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2013. ISBN: 0819845582.
  • Carl Anderson and José Granados, Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. New York: Doubleday, 2012. ISBN: 0770435742.
  • John Paul II, Redemptor hominis
  • John Paul II, Dominum et vivificantem

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