As a professor of ethics, a priest, and a bishop Karol Wojtyla wrote a multitude of philosophical and theological articles on ethics, and several books. He also wrote poetry and plays. Some are available in English. Most will have Karol Wojtyla as the author, though recent editions may list John Paul II. The most significant are below.
|First published writing:
Apostol (The Apostle). Krakow: Tygodnik Powszechny (a weekly magazine), 1949. An article about his friend and mentor in the life of prayer, Jan Tyranowski.
First published poetry:
First Doctoral Dissertation:
Faith According to St. John of the Cross. Ignatius Press, 1981. (out of print)
Second Doctoral Dissertation:
First published book:
Love and Responsibility. Ignatius Press (1-800-651-1531). The fruit of his pastoral experience with young people, the Holy Father shows the basis for Catholic sexual morality and addresses such important issues as attraction, desire, sentiment, sensuality, shame, friendship and love.
Major Philosophical Work:
The Acting Person. Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Co., 1979 (out of print).
Book on implementing the Second Vatican Council
Sources of Renewal. The Implementation of Vatican II. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1979.
Retreat Given to Pope Paul VI
His Most Famous Play
The Jeweler's Shop: A Meditation on the Sacrament of Matrimony, Passing on Occasion into a Drama. San Francisco: Ignatius Press (1-800-651-1531), 1992. Also, available as a video, with Burt Lancaster in the lead, from Ignatius Press and others.
The Collected Plays and Writings on Theatre. University of California Press, 1987. (out of print)
Of use to researchers is a bibliography of the pre-pontifical writings of Karol Wojtyla (1949-1978) and books to 1978 about him or his writings. Karol Wojtyla negli Scritti. Bibliografia. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1980.
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