John Paul II began his first encyclical Redemptor hominis
with the words, "The Redeemer of Man, Jesus Christ, is the center of the universe and of history." He thus showed a Church prepared to confront the Marxist ideology in power during those years, which proclaimed that world history was determined by class conflict.
Today, when secularism has become an alternative religion in which popular sovereignty has replaced Christ's and while a lost ego anxiously seeks aspiritual home and symbols for identity in the market, the Church offers analternative to these adverse social conditions. In response, both 'Redemptor hominis
' theological anthropology and 'Sacramentum caritatis'
liturgical theology are documents that present approaches which enable cultural healing toreestablish Christ as the center and infrastructural principle of Western civilization and the entire world.
The work that is reproduced here is situated in the context of the Congress by which the Pope John Paul II Institute
in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus
commemorated the thirty year anniversary of Redemptor Hominis
. It presented an anthropological reflection inthe light of Christ which aims to offer the basis for a culture capable of forming the humus
of the new evangelization.
Humanitas 2012, III, pp. 36-47
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