Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 5, 2000

Francis Cardinal George
Pages 11-15

The Anthropological Foundations of John Paul II's Social Thought

The social thought of John Paul II is deeply normative in its orientation, and seeks to find a grounding for moral human action in philosophy as well as faith. The key to the Pope's ideas about human action is his anthropology, which focuses on three central issues: the intrinsic dignity of the human person; the human telos or destiny in self-giving to others; and, the reality of human sinfulness.