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Category Archives: Pope John Paul II

JPII and Self-Flagellation

Interesting stuff about the late pope’s ascetical practices from a forthcoming book by the Monsignor who’s promoting his candidacy for sainthood: Pope John Paul II whipped himself with a belt, even on vacation, and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him closer to Christian perfection, according to a new book […]

Why JPII Should Not Be Canonized

Extremely conservative Catholic, Eric Giunta has a rather provocative post arguing that the late Pope John Paul II should not be canonized as a saint. He makes his argument on the basis of the ongoing sex abuse scandal among the Catholic hierarchy: The allegations highlight what for all too many Catholics is the elephant-in-the-room when […]

Pope John Paul II on Capitalism

Since socialism is the great fear of the day among many conservative Christians, here’s an interesting approach to the matter from an oft-claimed hero for conservative Christians, Catholic and Protestant alike: Returning now to the initial question: can it perhaps be said that, after the failure of Communism, capitalism is the victorious social system, and […]

JPII on the Paschal Mystery

“The events of Good Friday and, even before that, in prayer in Gethsemane, introduce a fundamental change into the whole course of the revelation of love and mercy in the messianic mission of Christ. The one who ‘went about doing good and healing’ and ‘curing every sickness and disease’ now Himself seems to merit the […]

Do We Need a Theory of the State?

Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical Centesimus annus, makes the following observation: Pope Leo XIII was aware of the need for a sound theory of the State in order to ensure the normal development of man’s spiritual and temporal activities, both of which are indispensable. For this reason, in one passage of Rerum novarum […]

In Memoriam: Pope John Paul II

While discussions continue about Catholic-Protestant relations, it is fitting to remember that today is the third anniversary of Pope John Paull II’s death.  Pope Benedict XVI marked the day with appropriate solemnity, praying that the spiritual gifts that John Paul II imparted to the church would continue to strengthen her today.  Requiesat in pace.

The Servant of God §1: Redemptor Hominis

In his first papal encyclical, Pope John Paul II offers a profound theological reflection on the situation of the modern world in light of the reality of the redemption of the world in Christ.  Articulating themes that will define his papacy, Redemptor Hominis provides a great starting point for those attempting to understand the theology […]

Bemoaning a Lack

One of the things that has so annoyed me in working on engaging the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II has been the fact that there is no complete collection of his encyclicals in print.  There once was such a volume, but it has since gone out of print and can’t be found online for […]

The Servant of God: Engaging Pope John Paul II’s Encyclicals

One of the ongoing commitments I have in doing this blog is a commitment to ecumenism.  One of the major ways that I have set out to continue such discussions this year is through a series of readings and reflections on the Papal encyclicals of the servant of God, Pope John Paul II.  This will be an […]

Unity and the Papal Office: What alternative is there?

The Catholic Church, both in her praxis and in her solemn documents, holds that the communion of the particular Churches with the Church of Rome, and of their Bishops with the Bishop of Rome, is—in God’s plan—an essential requisite of full and visible communion. Indeed full communion, of which the Eucharist is the highest sacramental […]

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