Conjugal Chastity in Pope Wojtyla

by Fr. Ailbe M. O'Reilly (Author)
©2010 Monographs 309 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 291


Conjugal Chastity in Pope Wojtyla explains how Karol Wojtyla, philosopher, theologian, and Pope, tried to show how the sexual act, within the context of marriage, is an expression of love. After explaining how love as goodwill is the foundation of conjugal love, the correct relationship between love and justice is clarified. The negative dimension of the personalistic norm of Wojtyla is then critically examined. Conjugal love is explained in terms of conjugal beneficience based on conjugal benevolence. This love leads to total self-giving in each conjugal act. The procreative meaning of the conjugal act seems to be its most formal element (the soul of the act, so to speak); the unitive element is described as an essential property of this act, something which necessarily flows from the conjugal act which is open to life. Chastity is the virtue that allows sexuality to be integrated into a love which is truly personal and reflects Trinitarian Love.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2010 (August)
Love Charity Communion Justice Conjugal Use Sexuality Chastity Temperance Continence. Personalistic-Norm Disinterestedness Johannes Paul (Papst, II.) Keuschheit Liebe Güte Ehe Sexualethik Love, Disinterestedness, Charity, Communion, Just
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. VIII, 309 pp.

Biographical notes

Fr. Ailbe M. O'Reilly (Author)

Ailbe M. O’Reilly is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross. He began his basic theological studies in St. Patrick’s College in Ireland and later at the Institutum Sapientiae in Brazil. O’Reilly has also studied at the Institute of John Paul II in Rome and received his doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He is presently a lecturer of Moral Theology at the Institutum Sapientiae.


Title: Conjugal Chastity in Pope Wojtyla