MODERN DEMOCRACY

John Paul II

Jan Paweł II

John Paul II (1920-2005), the icon of Poland who experienced nazism and communism. Hence John Paul the Great had the highest respect for the dignity of a human person.

An equal dignity of each human person and an equal dignity of each nation are the golden vein of John Paul II’s Personalism. In his book Memory and Identity (Kraków 2005) the Holy Father wrote his personal reflections on nazism and communism: “There is no evil from which God cannot draw forth a greater good.”

There is no freedom without Solidarity
and there is no Solidarity without love.

The French Revolution spread throughout the world the slogan ‘liberty, equality, fraternity’ as the foundation of modern democracy. Holy Father, what is your evaluation of the democratic system in its current Western form?

Our reflections so far have led us to consider a question which seems particularly significant for European civilization: it is the question of democracy, understood not only as a political system, but also as an attitude of mind and a principle of conduct. Democracy is rooted in Greek tradition, although in ancient Greece it did not have the exact meaning it has acquired in modern times. The Classical distinction between the three possible forms of political system is well known: monarchy, aristocracy and democracy.

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