Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2007
Book ID: 64
391 pages + preface, introduction, and indexes | 10.25 x 7.25 inches
Pope John Paul II's public allocutions later published under the title, The Theology of the Body, have been widely read and appreciated. Originating in Jesuit Seminar for the Study of Papal Thought, John Paul II on the Body: Human, Eucharistic, Ecclesial aims to illuminate the late pope's thought on man's bodily condition, not only his individual body but also the ecclesial and Eucharistic Body of Christ.
This volume of essays is fittingly dedicated to Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., who has spent his recent years in studying and disseminating John Paul's thought. Besides various commentaries on Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Dies Domini, and Dominicae cenae, as well as on the principal sections of Theology of the Body, John Paul II on the Body also includes examinations of Dominum et Vivificantem and Redemptor Hominis.
John M. McDermott, S.J., is adjunct professor at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI, he is a member of the International Theological Commission since 2004.
John Gavin, S.J., is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Maximus the Confessor at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome.
"The book is richly complex, not only because it is a collection of essays that do not always pursue a sustained, systematic argument but also because the three senses of 'body' — human, Eucharistic, and ecclesial — are significantly different. Yet the unity of these three senses is not adventitious, since Christ's human body, his sacramental body, and his body the Church are each a means of being truly incorporated into the Person of Christ […] This volume is a tribute to [Pope John Paul] and to Cardinal Dulles as well as to all who contributed to it."
Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. (archbishop of Chicago), The Thomist
"This anthology publishes the proceedings from the two most recent conferences of the John Paul II Jesuit Symposium. […] The introduction to the volume is a lengthy, incisive essay by the principal editor describing the theological career of Cardinal Dulles against the backdrop of Catholic intellectual history and American trends in the second half of the twentieth century. […] The writing in this anthology is consistently lucid, which is a tribute either to Jesuit training or to the work of the editors. […] One need not agree with every statement in these essays, but reading them certainly leads to a greater understanding and appreciation of the writings of John Paul II."
Michael J. Miller, Homiletic and Pastoral Review