John Paul II and the Crisis of Modern Times

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Russell Hittinger, Ph.D.

Running Time: 44:03

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"Modern Times" can be said to encompass the time between the beginning of Leo XII's pontificate in 1810 to the end of John Paul II's in 2005.  Dr. Hittinger introduces remarkable parallels between these two popes and the missions they undertook during their pontificates.  Pope Leo XIII labored ceaselessly to rescue human institutions from the modern idea that they were unnecessary or even harmful, and John Paul II took an even more fundamental approach, encouraging a proper understanding of the human person as a basis of determining correct human behavior.


Russell Hittinger, Ph.D. 

Dr. Russell Hittinger graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. He received an M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) in Philosophy from St. Louis University. Since 1996, he is the incumbent of the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he is also a Research Professor of Law. He is the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Professor Hittinger has taught at Fordham University, The Catholic University of America, and, as a Visiting Professor, at N.Y.U. and Princeton University. He serves on several boards and boards of advisors, including First Things, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Nova et Vetera, the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. His books and articles have appeared on the University of Notre Dame Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, the Review of Metaphysics, the Review of Politics, several law journals (American and European). He is currently working on a book on the evolution of Catholic social theory and doctrine during the 19th and 20th centuries.

(Biography courtesy of the Center for Thomistic Studies and the John Paul II forum of the University of St. Thomas, Houston)