The Teachings Of The Popes.

"I am convinced that it will long be granted to the new generations to draw from the treasures that this 20th-century Council has lavished upon us"

Pope John Paul II

"I have before my eyes in particular the testimony of Pope John Paul II. He leaves a Church that is more courageous, freer, more youthful. She is a Church which, in accordance with his teaching and example, looks serenely at the past and is not afraid of the future. With the Great Jubilee she entered the new millennium, bearing the Gospel, applied to today's world through the authoritative rereading of the Second Vatican Council."

First Message of Pope Benedict XVI

A Series of Study Guides.

The Pontificate of John Paul II saw a wealth of teaching and wisdom for the Church. As one of the great thinkers of 20th century he also gave a powerful personal witness to faith in Jesus Christ and the transforming power of God's grace. 'John Paul the Great' has left the Church a rich theological and philosophical legacy, including an appropriation of the documents of Vatican II which Pope Benedict XVI has already begun building upon, and which will act as a compass for the Church in this third millennium. A selection of key documents has been made for the purposes of study.


The Teachings of the Popes is ideal for students who have completed studies in catechesis or the Catechism and who want to understand important aspects of the Faith and modern society more deeply. It consists of a series of Study Guides on key works by recent Popes studied at home or in the parish. Each module is totally self sufficient with 10 to 12 weeks of study spread over six months.


  • The Teaching of Pope John Paul II on the Holy Trinity
  • Redemptor Hominis - Christ, the Redeemer of Man
  • Dominum et Vivificantem - (The Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life
  • Dives in Misericordia - God the Father, Rich in Mercy
  • The Teaching of Pope John Paul II on our Moral life in Christ
  • Veritatis Splendor - The Splendour of Truth
  • Fides et Ratio - Faith and Reason
  • Evangelium Vitae - The Gospel of Life
  • Familiaris Consortio - The family in the modern world
  • Ecclesia de Eucharistia - The Church of/from the Eucharist

Study at Certificate level

For those who wish to study this course at Certificate level, a piece of written work of around 1500 words is presented at the end of each Papal Document studied. Students receive written feedback on their progress and a Certificate will be awarded after successful completion of any 3 modules.

How much time will it take?

To do the basic course requires around 30 minutes study per day (5 days per week) over a 12 week period.

What do I need to start studying?

All you need is a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and a Bible.

How do I enroll?

You can join at any time. Simply print out and fill in this form and send it to us with your payment and we'll send you your study materials.

For further information contact.

Director of Further Education Courses - phone 0121 360 8118