The Beauty of Marriage in the Church’s Tradition

Theology of the Body, Father Angel Perez Lopez, Wedding Feast at Cana, Pope John Paul II

The Wedding Feast at Cana

In the almost 40 years since Pope Saint John Paul II gave the Church his Theology of the Body, dioceses around the world have begun to require its teachings within marriage preparation and other pastoral programs. While wonderful, many are still coming to terms on how to interpret the Holy Father’s writings. Some have said that Pope John Paul wrote something completely “new” and “revolutionary” while others criticize him for not staying true to the Spirit of the Second Vatican Council. It is with these difficulties in mind that Father Angel Perez Lopez, one of our formators and professors, decided to write on John Paul’s thought in his new book Procreation and the Spousal Meaning of the Body: A Thomistic Argument Grounded in Vatican II.

Father Angel tells us that this book, “attempts to rediscover the value of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body against the modern temptation of exulting novelty to the detriment of tradition.” For Father, the Pope’s writings on the spousal meaning of the body and procreation should not be treated as a rupture from the past, but rather as a continuity of the rich tradition that the Church has always guarded. The Holy Father’s writings are valuable precisely in the fact that they go back to the sources of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Second Vatican Council in order to give a new synthesis concerning the meaning of marriage and the identity of both man and woman.

This book is of deep significance for Father Angel because of the admiration he has had for John Paul II since joining Redemptoris Mater Seminary in 1996. Having studied the classics, such as Fides et Ratio, and writing his doctorate on the Philosophy of Pope John Paul II, Father’s book can be seen as a flowering of both his scholarly research and love for the Holy Father. Intended for scholars as well as those serious about teaching Theology of the Body, be sure to be on the look out for this book published by Pickwick Publications in the spring of 2017.

You may purchase a copy here.