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Kwitny, Jonathan. Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II. New York: Henry Holt, 1997, 754 p.

Examines John Paul's life, career, and complex religious, political, and philosophical perspective.

Malinski, Mieczyslaw. Pope John Paul II: The Life of Karol Wojtyla. Translated by P. S. Falla. New York: Seabury Press, 1979, 283 p.

A personal recollection of John Paul's early parish activities, writings, and tenure as archbishop in Krakow.


Czerwinski, E. J. Review of The Collected Plays and Writings on Theater. World Literature Today 62, No. 3 (Summer 1988): 477-8.

A positive review of The Collected Plays and Writings on Theater.

Doerr, Edd. “Church and State.” Humanist 51, No. 2 (March-April 1991): 31-2.

Discusses John Paul's contradictory statements regarding religious freedom and civil liberties.

Donahue, Charles, Jr. “Theology, Law and Women's Ordination: ‘Ordinatio Sacerdotalis' One Year Later.” Commonweal (2 June 1995): 11-6.

Examines the papal argument against female ordination as put forth in “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.”

Dulles, Avery. “John Paul II and the Advent of the New Millennium.” America (9 December 1995): 9-15.

Discusses John Paul's writings on the significance of the nearing millennium as a call for ecumenism and reexamination of personal faith.

Escurra, Ana Maria. “Pope's View of Capitalism Troublesome for Have-Nots.” National Catholic Reporter (5 December 1997): 12-3.

Examines John Paul's writings on capitalism after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

Frazier, Kendrick. “Pope's Affirmation of Evolution Welcomed by Scientists, Educators.” Skeptical Inquirer 21, No. 1 (January-February 1997): 5-6.

Provides editorial commentary on John Paul's official acceptance of evolutionary theory as compatible with biblical interpretation of the origin of life.

Garvey, John. “The Pope's Two Voices: Notes on an Asian Journey.” Commonweal (27 March 1981): 165-7.

Discusses social and religious controversies within the Catholic church upon John Paul's 1981 visit to Asia.

Hehir, J. Bryan. “A New Era of Social Teaching.” Commonweal (23 October 1981): 585, 607.

Offers analysis of On Human Work.

Lernoux, Penny. “Opus Dei and the ‘Perfect Society’: The Papal Spiderweb—I.” Nation (10 April 1989): 469, 482, 484-7.

Examines John Paul's relationship to the secretive Catholic movement known as Opus Dei.

Maneli, Mieczyslaw. “John Paul II: The Universal Pole.” Humanist 47, No. 5 (September-October 1987): 26-7, 38.

Discusses John Paul's political perspective, social consciousness, and role as a world leader.

Marton, Kati. “The Imperial Pope.” New Republic (1 January 1981): 16-9.

Discusses John Paul's conservatism and resistance to internal dissent concerning issues of sexuality and women's rights.

Negri, Maxine. “Pope John Paul II and Freedom.” Humanist 47, No. 5 (September-October 1987): 23-5.

Examines John Paul's attitudes toward personal and religious freedom within the Catholic church.

Safire, William. “Structures of Sin.” New York Times (22 February 1988): A19.

Offers editorial response to John Paul's criticism of capitalism in The Social Concerns of the Church.

“Sollicitudo rei socialis.” Commonweal (11 March 1988): 131-2.

Provides editorial commentary on Sollicitudo Rei Socialis.

Stanford, Peter. “Madonna Fan Steals Show.” New Statesman & Society (11 November 1994): 36-7.

A negative review of Crossing the Threshold of Hope.

Review of Veritatis splendor. Commonweal (22 October 1993): 3-5.

Provides an overview and analysis of Veritatis Splendor.

Weigel, George. “John Paul II and the Priority of Culture.” First Things 80 (February 1998): 19-25.

Discusses John Paul's political, historical, and cultural perspective.

Williams, George Huntston. The Mind of John Paul II: Origins of His Thought and Action. New York: Seabury Press, 1981, 396 p.

A book-length study of John Paul's intellectual development, including his phenomenological investigations, religious studies, and writings from his student days forward.

Additional coverage of Pope John Paul II's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 106, 133.