Is Pope Francis Trying to Revive John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”? – New Ways Ministry


Has Pope Francis revived Pope John Paul II’s controversial “Theology of the Body” approach to sexual ethics? In an article for Commonweal, Paul Moses examined Pope Francis’ recent decision to revive that project. Moses noted the following development:

“On September 19, Pope Francis announced [his] decision… he will revamp the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. The pope is re-affirming the Theology of the Body, but beginning a process of responding to some of the questions that have been raised about it. I see it as an effort to better connect John Paul’s ethereal talks to the realities of everyday life, in which we all wrestle with conscience and circumstance.”

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