by William E. May
Theological Advisor to
Catholics for the Common Good Institue
This book, published in Polish in 1960 and in English in 1981, is a magnificent work, philosophical in nature, on the human person, human sexuality, love, and marriage. It is, however, a somewhat difficult book to read, posing many challenges to the reader. I believe that I have now read it at least 30 times and each time I learn something new.
It is such a great work that the thought set forth in it needs to be known by as many people as possible. Here I attempt to summarize as clearly as possible its major ideas in the hope that this will be helpful to many.
The book has five chapters: One: The Person and the Sexual Urge; Two: The Person and Love; Three: The Person and Chastity; Four: Justice to the Creator; and Five: Sexology and Ethics. I will now attempt to summarize them.
William E. May was a Theological Advisor to Catholics for the Common Good Institute, emeritus Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., and Senior Research Fellow of the Culture of Life Foundation.
Copyright ©; William E. May 2007. Posted with permission of the author.
Version: 21st September 2007