International Institute for Culture

Pope John Paul II as Prophet of Life in a Culture of Death
Friday, October 10, 2003

Dr. Damian P. Fedoryka talks about the life of Pope John Paul II. The prophetic character of John Paul's teaching lies in the fact that he has given us a deeper and clearer vision of the truth about man, "ever ancient and ever new," at a time when man and his culture are threatened by death. A leitmotif of John Paul II's teachings and a key to his thought is the concept of the "gift." It allows him to develop more deeply the understanding of the human person as person and to do so in a way that responds to the skepticism and relativism of the age. The personalism of the Pope, grounded in the gift character of human existence, allows him to uncover the root causes and nature of the culture of death rather than simply dealing with the symptoms. It also indicates that the vivifying principle of a culture of life is the "sincere gift of self."

Dr. Damian P. Fedoryka
After an undergraduate education at the Unviersity of Louvain, Belgium, Damian P. Fedoryka obtained his graduate degrees from Fordham University and the University of Salzburg, Austria. Currently Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he has previously served as President of Christendom College and has taught at several universities, including Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has also done extensive lecturing and teaching in post-Communist Ukraine. 
His professional interests include the personalism of Wojtyla/John Paul II and the philosophical analysis of the cultures of life and death. He has been involved in pro-life activities since 1970.  
Damian and his wife, Irene, a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, are the parents of ten home-schooled children. All ten children are musically trained and have played in family ensembles of varying sizes across the U.S. and Europe, including the Kennedy Center and Wolftrap.Several of his children have formed a celtic band name Scythian.
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