The National Catholic Register is hosting an online symposium on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia kicks it off.
“The important series of articles on the theology of the body in the following days is an effort to show the pastoral effectiveness that is within the Holy Father’s rich catechesis. The theology of the body is not over our heads. It is deep in our hearts.
Teachers do not take shortcuts. In fact, every great teacher patiently leads the student from the known to the unknown. Pope John Paul II began with the known, that is, the familiar teaching of Jesus as recounted in the 19th chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew. The Pharisees want to take a shortcut around Jesus. But there is no shortcut around Jesus, who is the beginning, the center and the goal of history. Nonetheless, the Pharisees pressure him with the question, “May a man divorce his wife for any reason whatever?” Jesus responds that there are no shortcuts when it comes to the meaning of marriage. In fact, Jesus insistently teaches that to understand the truth about marriage we must go back “to the beginning”; we must go back to the moment of creation. Jesus refuses the shortcut and firmly responds: “Have you not read that from the beginning ‘the Creator made them male and female’ (Genesis 1:26-27). … ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will be one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24)?”
Pope John Paul II proceeded step-by-step. He dedicated careful, thorough and extensive consideration to the words of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Matthew, the Book of Genesis and the teaching of St. Paul. John Paul offered a refreshing and new perception of the meaning of the human person as a gift. The teaching contained in the theology of the body corresponds to the deep hunger of the human person. In the 30 years since the Holy Father proclaimed this catechesis, there has been a strong and widespread grassroots reception of its content.” Read more here.
The Theology of the Body should be must reading for every Catholic. As the Cardinal said,
“The theology of the body is not over our heads. It is deep in our hearts.”
Amen Cardinal. Amen