Pope John Paul II and the Apparently 'Non-acting' Person Paperback

by Pia Matthews;

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Pope John Paul II and the Apparently 'Non-acting' Person

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Drawing on Pope John Paul's extensive theological and ethical writings this important book explores the status of people with profound intellectual disabilities who some regard simply as 'non-acting'. This book demonstrates that all human beings, whatever their situations or capacities, are acting persons made in the image of God and that all principles whether from Catholic Social Teaching or from Pope John Paul's Theology of the Body apply to every human being as much as to any other. The book also considers liberation theologies of disability and the Pope's reflections on suffering as well as the controversial area of the provision of hydration and nutrition for one most profoundly disabled person, the person in persistent vegetative state. In addition it reflects on spirituality in the life of the profoundly disabled based on Karol Wojtyla's thesis on St John of the Cross. As the title of the book explains, the profoundly disabled are only apparently non-acting: no one can discount the possibility of an inner spiritual life and alongside all human beings the profoundly disabled have spiritual needs, are called to a life of holiness and are asked to cooperate in that calling as far as they are able. Moreover, all have a part to play in God's plan of salvation for all are 'workers in God's vineyard'.

Pope John Paul II and the Apparently 'Non-acting' Person by Pia Matthews was published by Gracewing in April 2013. The ISBN for Pope John Paul II and the Apparently 'Non-acting' Person is 9780852448052.

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Details for Pope John Paul II and the Apparently 'Non-acting' Person

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherGracewing (April 2013)
Number of Pages316
Thickness17 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4244536
Page last updated 30th June 2018
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