Theology of the Body

Pope John Paul II devoted the first major teaching of his pontificate to what he called the Theology of the Body - a study of what God has revealed about Himself in and through the human body. This profound and beautiful teaching calls everyone - regardless of age or vocation - to an authentic understanding and living out of what it means to be created male and female in the image and likeness of God.

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What People Are Saying

The Theology of the Body has impacted my marriage in such incredible ways. After I learned this message all I wanted to do was jump up and down. My husband and I just wanted to go out and tell everybody. » Read More
— Patty Millward
When I think about John Paul II and the Theology of the Body, and their impact and influence on my own life, what comes to mind first is a rediscovery of my own, as a consecrated person, my own ability to love as God has called us to love.  » Read More
— Sr. Sheila Galligan, IHM, STD
The Gift Study is a very unique and special gift because not everyone can hear Christopher West live.  The way the Gift Study has been set up is really going to be able to allow people to dive into the message, to understand it better, and think about it » Read More
— Colin Nykaza, Director of Young Adult Outreach, Archdiocese of New York
The Theology of the Body has really impacted me in so many ways. It provided those answers that I never received as a kid growing up. As a Catholic my parents told me to wait until marriage to have sex, and that was that - no explanation.  » Read More
— Andrew Archual
I am familiar with the excellent work Christopher West has done and continues to do promoting Catholic teaching on life and love, especially as given to us by Pope John Paul II in his "theology of the body." » Read More
— Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of Harrisburg, PA
The Theology of the Body cannot be simply relegated to marriage and family or sexual ethics. Its scope is much broader, touching on everything concerning the human experience. » Read More
— Fr. Kevin B. McGoldrick, M.Div., M.A., S.T.B. Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Christopher West’s keen grasp of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and his ability to make it accessible to others is changing lives, strengthening marriages, and renewing people’s faith in the Church across the country and internationally. » Read More
— Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Denver
This teaching is definitely meant for today’s time and the message is so applicable to me and everybody I have ever met. » Read More
— Scott Millward
The vibrancy of Christopher West, his infectious enthusiasm and penetrating understanding of the thought of Pope John Paul II is well-known to those who have heard his lectures and tapes. » Read More
— Dr. Janet Smith, Professor of Life Issues, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
The Theology of the Body has been tremendous in terms of affecting my marriage in a very positive way.  In my ministry, my husband and I talk about Theology of the Body as it relates to our love story, and our relationship.  » Read More
— Peg Hensler, Coordinator, Marriage Ministries and Natural Family Planning, Diocese of Trenton, NJ

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