Theology of the Body

Do Catholics Really Believe In The Resurrection of the Body?

Posted on: October 6, 2009

From Dr. Gerard O’Shea:

It is now almost thirty years since Pope John Paul II began his series of Wednesday audiences that was to form the basis of his Theology of the Body. We could even go back further and quote from the Apostles Creed, which comes from the earliest ages of the Church: “I believe in the resurrection of the body…” Still, there is a lingering sense among ordinary Catholics and perhaps Christians in general that the body somehow doesn’t count in the final scheme of things. As a teacher and principal of many years experience, I have stopped being surprised at the answers I receive just after Easter when I go into classrooms of primary school children and ask this question: When Jesus rose from the dead, did he have finger nails and hair? Almost invariably, the children are not sure, and most believe that he didn’t. They think that when He rose again, He was a spirit; He left his body behind!

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