Karol Wojtyła

Karol Wojtyła

Karol Wojtyła (1920–), an Ethical Personalist (Poland). On November 1, 1946 Karol Wojtyła was ordained into the priesthood by Cardinal Adam Sapieha, the “unbroken prince”. On December 30, 1963 he was named Archbishop of Kraków by Pope Paul VI. On September 22, 1965 Archbishop Wojtyła addressed the Second Vatican Council (1962 – 1965) on the responsibilities of religious freedom. According to George Weigel in his Witness of Hope Archbishop Karol Wojtyła argued that a view “from inside” would treat Vatican II as, above all, “a personalist Council.”

“The evil of our times consists in the first place in a kind of degradation, indeed in a pulverization, of the fundamental uniqueness of each human person. This evil is even much more of the metaphysical order than of the moral order” (A letter to Fr. Henri de Lubac while Wojtyła was finishing the first draft of Person and Act).

The problem of the subjectivity of man seems to be today the center of many-sided interest. It would however be difficult to explain in a concise way the reason and the manner of this situation having arisen in the past, and continually arising today.

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