A HUMAN BEING IS A PERSON

Address given on Vatican Radio during the
Third Session of the Second Vatican Council

Karol Wojtyła

Karol Wojtyła

Karol Wojtyła (1920–), the greatest Polish Personalist, born in Wadowice near Cracow, Poland, an actor, philosopher and theologian. As an Ethical Personalist he wrote: Osoba i czyn (Kraków 1969. English trans. by A. Potocki, The Acting Person, Dordreht, Holland 1979) and Miłość i odpowiedzialność (Lublin 1960; Fruitful and Responsible Love, New York 1979) in which he formulated the concept of the personalistic principle. On October 16, 1978 Karol Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II.

“For a long time I have been interested in man as person”

“The person is a being for whom the only suitable dimension is love” (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, 1994).

The human person is one of the elements of the teaching of the second Vatican Council. Although none of the council constitutions or decrees deals directly with the subject of the human person, it is a theme, which is very present in the whole conciliar teaching, which is slowly emerging from our discussions over the past few years. The Council expresses itself in its teaching. Teaching is the function of the Council, and this teaching has then to permeate the consciousness of the Church and be expressed in her actions. It is important that the human person have an appropriate place in the teaching of the Council, and from there will flow the human person’s correct place in the mission of the Church. That will constitute an important contribution to the pastoral ministry of the Council.

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