Papal Explosives by Patrick C. Beeman

Papal Explosives

Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body
by Pope John Paul II
translated and introduced by Michael Waldstein
Pauline Books and Media, 2006
(735 pages, $29.95, paperback)

reviewed by Patrick C. Beeman

The person is a body; he does not have a body. In a series of 129 catecheses delivered early in his pontificate—collectively known as the “theology of the body”—Pope John Paul II defended this thesis and brought out its implications for Christian life, examining man as male and female from the state of original innocence to lapsarian confusion and culminating with a penetrating study of “redeemed man” in his eschatological condition . . .