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The Vatican-hosted international interreligious colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Women started in Rome yesterday with an address by Pope Francis. The purpose of the conference, which ends tomorrow, is to show the beauty of the complementarity of men and women, which has existed across cultures and religions. The Holy Father began his address […]

Posted at: November 18th, 2014 - 6:45 pm - Comments Off

The Vatican is hosting an international interreligious colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Women from Nov 17-19. The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the […]

Posted at: November 4th, 2014 - 5:20 am - Comments Off

Recently came across an old article from Susan Windley-Daoust on The Sign of the Dying Body: How the Theology of the Body Helps Us to Die in Love Dying—undergoing it, or helping one who is dying—is a privileged space where we see and encounter God himself. And in dying, the ensouled body serves as a […]

Posted at: September 16th, 2014 - 10:59 pm - Comments Off

Registration is open for the 2014 International Theology of the Body Congress. The theme this year is “Love, Mercy and the New Evangelization” and will focus on the important pastoral work of leading all men and women to Christ. The Congress will be held in a the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia, July 9-11, and will offer: […]

Posted at: April 8th, 2014 - 8:21 pm - Comments Off

This is certainly not the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of the annunciation, but when Mary accepts the message of Gabriel, her fiat is a yes to God’s plan for her sexuality: “Mary shows us how to accept the gift of our embodiedness, and this includes the God-given sex of […]

Posted at: March 25th, 2014 - 3:48 pm - Comments Off

Over at Catholic Exchange, Kevin Tierney, (who is also one of my Catholic Lane editors) has been writing a column on the Theology of the Body since last July. Some excellent stuff you should check out: What Theology of the Body is Really All About Is Mary Missing from the Theology of the Body? The […]

Posted at: January 7th, 2014 - 11:00 pm - Comments Off

“Man…cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” Gaudium et Spes, 24 Continuing on the theme of the “nuptial meaning of the body” from last week — JP II on the nuptial (spousal) meaning of the body, the freedom of the gift and the very meaning of our existence: The revelation together […]

Posted at: December 17th, 2013 - 11:41 pm - Comments Off

One of the central themes of JP II’s Theology of the Body is that the body has a “nuptial meaning.” On his blog, Msgr. Charles Pope gives a brief explanation of the nuptial meaning of the body, specifically as it relates to the priesthood. To speak of the nuptial meaning of the body, means that […]

Posted at: December 10th, 2013 - 5:24 pm - Comments Off

To love at all is to be vulnerable. -C.S. Lewis See the original comic here. The full version of the quote, taken from Lewis’s book, The Four Loves, reads “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make […]

Posted at: December 3rd, 2013 - 1:16 pm - Comments Off

Emily Stimson has a TOB must read over at CatholicVote about how discovering JP II’s vision of the human person helped her overcome anorexia and negative body image issues: The Theology of the Body taught me that my body was not some hunk of flesh encasing my soul; it was me. It expressed me. It […]

Posted at: November 12th, 2013 - 11:58 pm - Comments Off