Pope John Paul II on Youth and Mary

Abstract from the original German talks given at the German Mariological Consortium on Influece of Mary on Pope John Paul II, provided by Sister M. Danielle Peters.

The Implementation of the Marian Quest in the Life of the Faithful -- Mary and Youth

– Klaus Dick, Auxiliary Bishop

John Paul II’s statement that “Mary is the youth of the Church” implies that for him Marian piety and young people in the church converge. The question is whether this is also a reality in the consciousness of young people. The author answers with six theses:

1.Generally it is wrong to say that young people are enthused about John Paul II but less concerned in adhering to his teaching.

2. The Marian disposition of young people depends on their concrete faith and their belonging to the church.

3. In teaching our young people the axiom cunctas haereses interemisti is verified. Authentic church teaching cannot be conveyed without the correct understanding of the person and mission of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

4. Regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary, young people need authentic witness.

5. The most precious thing a Christian can offer to others is Truth.

6. All teachers of young people have to call a deep love for Mary their own.


[1] Mariologische Studien. Volume XVIII: Totus Tuus – Maria in Leben und Lehre Johannes Paulus II. Edited by Anton Ziegenaus. Regensburg 2004,

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