Few Popes have reached the height of a great philosopher but exceptions are always there. Karol Wojtyla, who is more popularly known as Pope John Paul II is definitely an exceoption and a path breaker. Before he became an important member of the higher councils of the Catholic Church, he was a professor of philosophy in the University of Lublin, one of the most esteemed universities in Eastern Europe.
During his career, he made a small group who were popularly known as RODZINKA which literally means a small family. They met for prayer, philosophical conversation and helped the poor people including the blind and the sick. This group slowly and gradually increased and started new activities like annual skiing and kayaking.
Pope’s involvement in philosophy sustained even when he was appointed as the Archbishop of Cracow in 1964. He acquired his second doctorate in philosophy in 1954. As he forced on the viability of a catholic ethic based on Max Scheler the communist authority’s interference prohibited him to get his degree until 1957.
He was extremely interested in theological and pastoral work. “The Acting Person”, a book which deals with phenomenological anthropology now would be comparatively a little-read book if its author had not graduated to become the Pope John Paul II. This book was criticized by many people and most of his fellow friends found this book a little perplexing. It was George Huntsman Williams, author of THE MIND OF JOHN PAUL II, who said that it’s not a good piece of work as it neither deals with complete anthropology nor a good combo of philosophical languages.
Pope John Paul II also wrote a number of articles in Krakow’s Catholic newspaper which mainly focused on existing church issues. He also developed some innovative and unique literary work during his first dozen years as a priest.
“Man is by nature a philosopher” Pope John Paul has explained this. There are many philosophical questions which arise in human mind like “Who am I, Where did I come from, what is my future”, etc. In this context, Pope has described that
“The Church cannot but set great value upon reason’s drive to attain goals that render people’s lives ever more worthy. It sees in philosophy the way to come to know fundamental truths about human life. At the same time, the Church considers philosophy an indispensable help for a deeper understanding of faith and for communicating the truth of the gospel to those who do not yet know it.”
Fides at ratio has particularly focused on study of philosophy as according to them it’s “fundamental and indispensable to the structure of the theological studies.”
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