This text presents pope Jean Paul II’s thought on modernity. It highlights the existence of an ambivalence. The Polish pope, very widely inspired by the phenomenology and by the conciliar event, is situated by no means in a traditionalist perspective: the modern world, he says, is stemming from the Christian matrix; it continues to carry the essential values, such as freedom, equality and brotherhood. However, this world is not flawless. By separating from God’s law, it locked itself into a ‘culture of death’ of which it shows, for example, the anomic legislations on the family. The analysis calls a model of ‘integralist’ reinvestment, structured around the program of ‘new evangelization’.
John Paul II. Modernity. Concile Vatican II. New Evangelization. Freedom of conscience.