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Honorable Professor Rocco Buttiglione

Running Time:  50:19

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Humanity and the Crisis of Culture describes the academic climate in which Karol Wojtyla first encountered the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, and explains how his understanding of St. Thomas shaped his teachings throughout his life.  


Honorable Professor Rocco Buttiglione 

Professor Rocco Buttligione is president of Italy’s Unione di Centro party (UDC), professor of political science, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He is currently a Professor of Political Sciences at "Saint Pius V" University in Rome. He studied Law at the Universities of Turin and Rome, where in 1970 he obtained a degree presenting a thesis on the history of political doctrines. From the beginning of his career he has participated in Communion and Liberation founded by Msgr. Luigi Giussani. In 1978 his interests expanded to include Polish culture and the philosophical personalism of the Lublin schoolespecially that of Karol Wojtyla. In this period Buttiglione wrote many articles clarifying the distinctions between Marxism and Christian doctrine. He has been a Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies since 1994 and served as Minister for European Affairs (2001-2005), Minister of Culture and Tourism (2005-2006) and Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies (until 2013). Professor Buttiglione is a major commentator and lecturer on political and cultural issues in Europe and in the United States where he is connected with the American Enterprise Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Centre, The Institute on Religion and Public Life and the Acton Institute whose Faith and Freedom Award he received in 2004.


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