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John Paul II and the Mystery of the Human Person

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228621.003.0030
John Paul II and the Mystery of the             Human Person

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This chapter examines the mystery of the human person, looking at the literary output of Pope John Paul II. It argues that at the heart of the pope's message lies the mystery of the human person. In The Acting Person, a work published shortly before he became pope, Cardinal Wojtyla expounded a theory of the person as a self-determining agent that realizes itself through free and responsible action. After becoming pope, John Paul II used personalism as a lens through which to reinterpret much of the Catholic tradition. He unhesitatingly embraced all the dogmas of the Church, but expounded them with a personalist slant. The discussion notes that he found ways of extending personalism to deal with political and economic issues, drawing on his conceptions of human action, personal participation, and free initiative.

Keywords: John Paul II; Wojtyla; human person; personalism; The Acting Person

Chapter.  6361 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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