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‘Theology of the Body’ can bring healing, speaker says

Catholic author and lecturer Christopher West delivers a talk for clergy on Pope John Paul II’s ‘‘Theology of the Body’’ at St. John’s Seminary May 11. West also spoke May 12 at the Marian Center in Medway. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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MEDWAY -- Pope John Paul’s “Theology of the Body” can bring healing to the Archdiocese of Boston and through the Catholics of Boston to the whole world, said Christopher West who spoke on the late pope’s writings May 11-12.

“We live in a time of crisis. I do not think this is an exaggeration. I think certainly the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston have felt it in a very particular way,” he said. “Something is happening in the Archdiocese of Boston. Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.”

The archdiocese was at the center of the clergy abuse crisis, but it was also the place where West obtained his first copy of “Theology of the Body.” A friend recommended the collection of 129 short talks given by John Paul II to West, so he called the Daughters of St. Paul Provincial House in Boston. The work was published by Pauline Books & Media, he said.

West, now a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute in Pennsylvania, has written several books including “Theology of the Body Explained” and “Theology of the Body for Beginners.”

He has also given more than 1,000 lectures on the Theology of the Body in nine countries and over 150 American cities. West, his wife and their four children live in Pennsylvania.

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