Theology of the Body

The Theology of the Body refers to the series of 129 lectures given by Pope Saint John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences in Rome between September 1979 and November 1984. These addresses were later compiled and published as a single work entitled The Theology of the Body According to John Paul II (now called Male and Female He Created Them). The Theology of the Body covers such topics as the bodily dimension of the human person, the nature of human sexuality, the human need for communion, and the nature of marriage.

Saint Joseph School employs the Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition curriculum as an extension of our Religion program. The course is designed to share Pope Saint John Paul II’s beautiful teachings at an age-appropriate level in a mini-course Religion unit for our 8th Grade students.

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Full Text of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Teachings:

Father John Arthur Orr’s Commentary on the Theology of the Body: