.- Scholars will explore Pope John Paul IIâs theology of the body from several perspectives in the latest issue of St. Thomas More Collegeâs academic journal, âSecond Spring: an International Journal of Faith and Culture.â
Stratford Caldecott, editor of âSecond Spring,â said in a press release from the New Hampshire college that John Paul IIâs theology of the body âinjected new life into the arteries of Catholic thought.â While the Church had previously spoken on marriage and sexuality, modern pressures and the advance of contraceptive technology âmade it increasingly urgent to address the issues around sexuality in a new language and with a new frankness.â
John Paul II was a âgreat communicator,â in Caldecottâs view, but his thought sometimes needed to be explained. The editor criticized a tendency to over-popularize the late Pontiffâs teaching in a way that neglects its full implications.
âThe Churchâs teaching on sexuality goes to the heart of our nature as human persons and our supernatural calling: it is possible to see its full beauty and live it only in the presence of Christ,â he commented.
John Paul IIâs teaching is in part a defense of Pope Paul VIâs 1968 encyclical âHumanae Vitae,â which reiterated Christian condemnation of contraceptives and artificial birth control.
While the destructive effects of contraceptive use are easy to show, Caldecott said, it is harder to show that the teachings of Humanae Vitae result in âhappiness and sanctity.â He expressed hope that the new issue of âSecond Springâ will help readers gain a greater understanding of Church teaching and confidence to live according to it.
Articles in the latest issue include Caldecottâs âGender as Sign of Trinitarian Love,â Mary Shivanandanâs âSpousal Nature of Feminine Beauty,â and âVirtues and the Communio Personarumâ by Alan OâSullivan, O.P.
The issue may be purchased through the Thomas More College website at http://www.ThomasMoreCollege.edu/Publications