Vatican II and the

Theology of the Body

John Paul II’s TOB is a ripe and mature fruit of the Second Vatican Council. This course will examine how the teachings of Vatican II and John Paul II’s TOB coalesce. Since John Paul II understood the Second Vatican Council as “the loadstar” of his pontificate, this course will also examine the impact of the Council on Karol Wojtyla himself. Furthermore, it will address some of the historical factions in the post-Conciliar years and the impact this had on the realities of Catholic life for those in the pews.


Reverend Benjamin Bradshaw, S.T.L.

Father Ben Bradshaw, STL is a priest of the Diocese of Memphis. Fr. Ben holds a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. He also holds a Masters of Arts and Masters of Divinity in Sacred Theology. His Licentiate dissertation focused on the response of the Catholic Church to the issue of Same-Sex attraction. Fr. Ben has attended courses at TOBI and has served TOBI as a course chaplain. He also consults on the development of TOBI’s Clergy Enrichment Program.