Appeared in Spring/Summer 1996, Vol. XXII, Nos. 1, 2

Karol Wojtyla began his academic career in the late 1940s when, shortly after his November 1946 ordination, he went to pursue graduate studies at the Angelicum. Wojtyla defended his doctoral dissertation, on faith according to St. John of the Cross, in Rome 19 June 1948. On the basis of the “exemplary” vote of his Angelicum doctoral board, the Faculty of theology of the Jagiellonian University conferred the doctorate in theology 16 December 1948. Wojtyla then began to work on his habilitation, “an attempt to develop Christian ethics according to Max Scheler’s system,” which was first presented to the Jagiellonian in December 1953. Conferral of the title “docent,” which would normally come from the habilitation, was impeded as a result of communist manipulation of the higher educational system, and soon thereafter the Faculty of Theology at the Jagiellonian was completely suppressed. By 1954-55 Wojtyla began his association with Catholic University of Lublin, an affiliation that would continue until Wojtyla’s election to the papacy in 1978.

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