MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — St. John Paul II’s theology of the body is bringing Christians together in closer unity, said the U.S. founder of the Cor Project, which promotes the teaching.
Christopher West said the lessons of the Polish pope were providing answers to “larger and larger numbers” of Catholics, Anglicans and other Christians concerned about a growing crisis of “gender confusion” in the West.
The theology of the body refers to a body of teaching given in weekly lectures by St John Paul between Sept. 5, 1979 and Nov. 28, 1984, which were published together under the title “The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan.”
The pope proclaimed human bodies to be vehicles of union and communion among people and with God, and said that the best reflection of divine love was the love between a husband and wife.
In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service Jan. 16 — the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity — West said he was confident that the theology of the body was now “crossing denominational lines and is changing lives around the world.”