Originally published in Polish in 1960, Love and Responsibility is Karol Wojtyła’s groundbreaking book on human love which explains relationships between persons—especially concerning sexual ethics—in the context of human dignity.
This new translation of John Paul II’s classic work uses the 2001 version of the text published in Polish, which includes revisions to the original 1960 edition made by Blessed John Paul II himself. Also included is the first English publication of then-Cardinal Wojtyła’s article “On the Meaning of Spousal Love,” in which he continues his reflections on the topic. Translator Grzegorz Ignatik, a native Polish speaker, provides notes that define key terms, including Latin words and phrases. He also supplies comprehensive information on language nuances and major concepts.
This work is complementary to Blessed John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body and is a must-read for those interested in understanding his thought more fully. Whether you are a fan of John Paul II, a Theology of the Body enthusiast, a seminarian, a professor, a student, or a reader who enjoys philosophy and theology, you will find this translation to be rich in authenticity and accessibility.
While Love and Responsibility remains a challenging work on many levels, this masterful translation will greatly assist you in understanding Wojtyła’s insightful reflections. It will also be a rewarding experience as you are shown how to love responsibly—in your relationships with spouses, family members, friends, companions, and neighbors—attaining love that is truer and more fulfilling.
In the Logos Bible Software edition, Love and Responsibility cross-references other works in your library as often as those works are cited. Scripture references appear on mouseover in your favorite translation, and searching for key terms, such as “chastity” or “marriage,” is as fast as a click.
This new translation of Love and Responsibility, based on Pope John Paul II’s revisions and with the addition of an important later article, is a major achievement. The translator is to be congratulated for his clear and faithful text as well as for his wonderfully thoughtful notes.
—David L. Schindler, Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, The Catholic University of America
Karol Wojtyła (John Paul II) (1920–2005) served as Pope for 26 years (1978–2005). In 1942, he felt called to the priesthood and began courses in the clandestine seminary of Krakow. Wojtyła was ordained to the priesthood on November 1, 1946, and shortly after, was sent to Rome where he worked under Garrigou-Lagrange. In 1958 he was appointed as the titular bishop of Ombi and auxiliary of Krakow and in 1964 was appointed as the archbishop or Krakow. Three years later, he was elevated to Cardinal.
In 1978, Karol Wojtyła was elected Pope, where he took on the name John Paul II. As Pope, he was instrumental in ending communism in his native Poland. He significantly improved the Catholic Church’s relationship with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He has been acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century.
Grzegorz Ignatik, a native Polish speaker, teaches at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and is a PhD candidate in theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Washington, DC. He holds a Sacred Theology Licentiate from the International Theological Institute, Austria.