March 25, 2008


Love and Responsibility--Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II the Great) This was written before his TOB and is often called his "Philosophy of the Body"
Humanae Vitae (On Human Life)--Pope Paul VI. The tiny little document that caused all the trouble with a captial "T" that rhymes with "P" that stands for Pope Paul VI.
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Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body--John Paul II the Great
Theology of the Body Explained--Christopher West
Theology of the Body Made Simple (the absolute skinniest overview possible)--Fr. Anthony Percy

God's Plan for You: Life, Love, Marriage and Sex--David Hajduk
Anything by Christopher West--"Mr. TOB"--is a must, especially his CDs and DVDs. There's nothing like hearing him.
Christopher West books:
Good News About Sex and Marriage
Theology of the Body for Beginners
The Love That Satisfies--Reflections on Eros and Agape
Another pre-eminent TOB speaker is Byzantine Catholic priest and iconographer, Fr. Thomas Loya STB, MA. He has no books, but several DVDs. He really needs to be SEEN, because he literally illustrates his talks! He has much to say to the Western Catholic Church about the Eastern Catholic Church which never lost sight of a TOB worldview, and which, in a certain sense, represents the feminine in theology. His talks can be found at and/or
Recommended reading: Orientale Lumen (The Light of the East)--John Paul II the Great
Men and Women are from Eden--Mary Healy
Crossing the Threshold of Love--Mary Shivanandan
The Virgin Mary and the Theology of the Body--Calloway
On the Body--Cardinal Carlo Martini (makes no mention of TOB, but is an interesting little book)
Educational Guidance in Human Love--Outlines for Sex Education--Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, includes "Charter of the Rights of the Family, 1983"
The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality--Guidelines for Education within the Family--Pontifical Council for the Family
Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life--Respect for Human Life in Its Origins and the Dignity of Procreation) 1987--Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (deals with bio-tech and moral/civil law also)

Evangelium Vitae (Gospel of Life)--John Paul II the Great
Fruitful Love--a small collection of talks at an early symposium on the thought of JPII--early 80's
Covenant of Love--John Paul II's Teaching on Marriage, Sexuality and Family Fr. Hogan
Theology of the Body in John Paul II Fr. Hogan
On the Dignity and Vocation of Woman by John Paul II the Great
Every Woman's Journey by Katrina Zeno
Catholic Priesthood and Women by Sr. Sara Butler
Woman in the Church by Louis Bouyer
Homosexuality and the Catholic Church by Fr. John Harvey
The Truth About Homosexuality (more scholarly) by Fr. John Harvey


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