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Ennobling Human Culture

In this month’s View from the Piazza we are delighted to present an article by Professor Tracey Rowland entitled ‘Ennobling Human Culture’. (Professor Rowland had a chapter in Reclaiming the Piazza II on ‘Catholic Education as a Theological Project.’) We are grateful to the editorial team of The Catechetical Review for giving us access to this new article which has much to say on the need for an authentic understanding of culture.

In his encyclical letter Redemptoris Missio, John Paul II makes the claim that “since culture is a human creation and is therefore marked by sin, it too needs to be ‘healed, ennobled and perfected’” (John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, no. 54).. The Intellectual Backstory. Like many statements in ecclesial documents, one needs to know the intellectual history behind the statement above …

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