Thinking with St. John Paul II
The St. John Paul II Institute of Culture is a new institute and academic chair within the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). The launch of this Institute on 18 May 2020 coincided with the historic centenary of the birth of the Angelicum’s most distinguished alumnus, Pope St. John Paul II.
The primary focus of the Institute is to examine the teachings of Karol Wojtyła as a starting and continuous reference point in reflecting on current problems facing the Church in the modern world.
The relevance of John Paul II’s thought is not limited to the period of his pontificate; it has much to say in considering contemporary problems that arise in the areas of faith, philosophy, culture, science, politics and a wide array of social issues. Therefore, it is not enough to examine the achievements of this great pontiff. We must also think with him about the most pressing issues of our day, including culture, solidarity, mercy, Christian art, justice, democracy, contemporary ideologies and movements, the place of the Church in the modern world, and the spiritual crisis facing Europe.
The curriculum of the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture includes interdisciplinary courses conducted by renowned scholars from several world-class universities. The guest lecturers will offer short, intensive courses of several weeks at a time each semester. Among the notable scholars for the 2020/21 academic year will be Prof. Rémi Brague of the Sorbonne (Paris), who will lecture on Christian anthropology of culture, and the Rev. Prof. Franciszek Longchamp de Berriér of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, who will lecture on the relation between anthropology and law.