Theology of the Body

The Theology of the Body has been called “one of the boldest reconfigurations of Catholic theology in centuries,” according to the pope’s biographer, George Weigel. It addresses some of the most fundamental questions of human existence, including:

Why were we created male and female?

Where do we come from and why?

What is the meaning of life? How do we experience it?

Why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome it?

Although the original text is in difficult language, there are a number of excellent commentaries on the topic that make the brilliant insights and liberating concepts accessible to ordinary people. MRC offers a number of options for parish, community and individual study.

Relevant Church Documents

Letter to Families: here

Gaudium et Spes: here

Humanae Vitae: here

Familiaris Consortio: here

The Truth & Meaning of Human Sexuality: here

Educational Guidance in Human Love: here

Deus Caritas Est: here

Useful Links

Pope John Paul’s General Audience on the Theology of the Body: here

Theology of the Body Institute: here

Ascension Press: here

Christopher West: here

John Paul II Institutes of Marriage & Family: USA | Italy

Living In Love, with Love and Through Love

By Byron & Francine Pirola

Filmed live before an audience of couples, Living in Love, with Love and Through Love provides an overview of some key insights to the Theology of the Body with an emphasis on the relevance to married couples. The second session explores couple spirituality and spiritual practices for couples.

Available on DVD or as mp3 download