As papal encyclicals go, John Paul II’s Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) is rather accessib le in language, content, and meaning. It is about the "culture of life"; and it is about the "culture of death". The ope is relentless in his argument impassioned in his tone and urgent in his timing. Is this his latest volley against what he perceives as the morl muddle of post-modernity, or is it a vrilliant defense of embattled humanity in the declining days of the fin-de-siècle?
Miachel W. Higgins is Dean of St. Jerome’s College, Religious Studies and English professor, co-author of numerous books (including the forthcoming "The Jesuit Mystique") writer and broadcaster for the CBC, documentary and film consultant, editor of "Grail: and Ecumenical Journal" and columnist for The Toronto Star.