Elective: Theology of the Body and Vatican II
Vatican II and the Theology of the Body will not be two subjects pieced together but will take sections of the Second Vatican Council documents and examine how they coalesce with St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the Church’s magisterial texts addressing human nature. As Karol Wojtyla understood Vatican II as the theological loadstar of his Pontificate, we will also examine the impact of the Council on the man in particular. The course will address some of the historical factions, encountered on the right and left, in the post-Conciliar years and the impact this had on the lived realities of Catholics in the pews. Finally, we will take up the phenomenon of homosexuality and the Catholic response in light of the magisterial teachings of Vatican II, Karol Wojtyla, and Joseph Ratzinger.