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Marriage: Covenantal and Graced Love

This is the eleventh of a series of posts outlining St. John Paul II\'s thought on embodiment and sexuality. To read the preceding article, please click here. In ‘Part One’ of the Theology of the Body, St. John Paul II establishes the spousal meaning of the body as the decisive foundation of personal existence for human beings, a meaning that is found in the body’s ‘power to express love… that love in which the human person becomes a gift and—through this gift—fulfills the very meaning of his being and existence.’ In the shorter ‘Part Two’, John Paul continues to develop the biblical conception of human embodiment and sexuality but now with a particular focus on the sacramental significance of the spousal meaning, a significance he examines from two closely related perspectives, that of marriage as a covenantal union that involves the bestowal of grace, and that of marriage as a ...

All for the Kingdom

This is the tenth of a series of blog posts outlining St. John Paul II’s thought on embodiment and sexuality. To read the preceding article, please click here. In a foundational way, the theology of the body is ordered towards properly understanding the vocation of marriage and the family. In exploring the meaning of the human body and sexuality from a theological perspective, we are given the best vantage point from which to appreciate the truth and goodness of marriage and family. Yet, the theology of the body is also about the vocation of celibacy. In a similarly foundational way, the theology of the body aids us in understanding the voluntary acceptance of continence, precisely since taking a theological perspective upon the body and sexuality also has profound significance for appreciating the choice of celibacy. This further meaningfulness of the body, St. John Paul explores in the second part of ...

“Male and Female He Created Them”: The Vatican’s document on gender theory and education

A new Vatican document offers a response to the “educational crisis” which has arisen as a result of the growing influence of “gender theory”, and outlines an approach to dialogue that is rooted in Catholic anthropology and pastoral concern.  Titled “Male and female he created them”: Towards a path of dialogue on the question of gender theory in education, the June 10  document, written by the Congregation for Catholic Education, is divided into three sections: Listening, Reasoning, and Proposing.   Pope Francis’ writings on gender theory are extensively cited in the document, as are the writings of Benedict XVI and Pope Saint John Paul II, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Second Vatican Council.  I\'ve chosen here to highlight, without comment, a few of the documents key passages which warrant further reflection and study:  “The Christian vision of anthropology sees sexuality as a fundamental component of one’s personhood. It is one of its ...