Popes are the Church’s chief shepherds. While some focused on governing the Church and addressing challenges from the world, others recognized their primary responsibility to proclaim and teach the Gospel. Author Alan Schreck calls these the “teaching popes” and John Paul II was such a pope, leading the Church and impacting the world with his witness and his teaching.
The encyclical letter has been, in modern times, the instrument for popes to express their most important teaching—teachings that have lasting value for the Church, and often for the whole world. Dr. Schreck invites the reader to become familiar with the encyclical letters of Pope John Paul II. In The Legacy of Pope John Paul II, Dr. Schreck breaks down more scholarly writing into accessible language. The reflection questions and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter help facilitate a systematic study of the central teachings of this brilliant but pastoral pope, who conveyed the truth in love.
In a masterful work, Dr. Schreck provides all of us insight into the messages of the Pope that so clearly announced the Faith of the Church and its implications and applications to the circumstances of our day. To read The Legacy of Pope John Paul II is to rediscover the genius and holiness of the man whose burning desire was to "open wide the doors for Christ."
- His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
A rich and rewarding commentary on Blessed John Paul II's 14 encyclicals. .. readable and stimulating... perfect for high school and college courses and for adult education.
- Thomas G. Weinandy, O.FM., Cap., Executive Director for the Secretariat for Doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Legacy of Pope John Paul II exemplifies Alan Schreck's gift for presenting a wealth of Catholic doctrine in a compact, clear, and accessible form. A great resource for catechists and all those who wish to make the rich treasury of teaching that John Paul II left the Church more widely known and loved.
- Dr. Mary Healy, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan