John Paul II (JPII) has been referred to by many as one of the greatest ecclesiologists and mariologists of the last century after Vatican II. This claim is one of the factors which is encouraging us to investigate into the relationship between Mariology and Ecclesiology in his theological thought; a topic which seems to face much criticism and as such needs a lot of clarification of doctrine for the Church today especially in places where Marian piety and doctrine still play an important role in the life of Christians. Mary and the Church define, clarify and explain each other’s roles in the mystery of Salvation in Jesus Christ. This conviction has led the author to attempt, with the teaching of JPII, a research into a relationship which seems controversial in some areas of the Church today. The author’s personal experience of Marian teaching and piety has also suggested this to be a necessary and timely contribution especially for the Church today. The human person is very central to the theological thinking of Karol Woj- tyla. This central place of the human person guides his philosophy, phenome- nology and his understanding of the Church and its raison d’être. His Polish en- vironment coupled with his personal interest and study of Mariology lets him to posit Mary as the ideal person or being in the Church and as a model reflection of the Church’s understanding of the human person. He states the central place of the human person in the being...
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