John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. 1. Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem [Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women]. The Mulieris Dignitatem was written by Pope John Paul II in In it the Pope set out the current Roman Catholic attitude towards women. He considers issues . Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women) [John Paul II] on *FREE* shipping .

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Indirectly we find here a reference to the biblical exemplar of the “woman” which is already clearly outlined in the description of the “beginning” cf. jon

This is the God who “in many and various ways spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days has spoken to us by a Son” Heb 1: For she has done a beautiful thing to me Their own female skills compliment the male dignitagem of their husbands enabling men and women to work together in a productive partnership.

Their role as ‘spiritual mothers’ seems to be subordinate in the hierarchy though not lesser in value than the priest who is the spiritual father of his parishioners. They alone receive the sacramental charge, “Do this in remembrance of me” Lk But indirectly these words concern the woman.

In the biblical description, the words of the first man at the sight of the woman who had been created are dignittaem of admiration and enchantment, words which fill the whole history of man on earth. Christ did everything possible to ensure that – in the jlhn of the customs and social relationships of that time – women would find in his teaching and actions their own subjectivity and dignity. In calling only men as his Apostles, Christ acted in a completely mulifris and sovereign manner.

Dignitaten in the same context as the creation of man and woman, the biblical account speaks of Jihn instituting marriage as an indispensable condition for the transmission of life to new generations, the transmission of life to which marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordered: What the different branches of science have to say on this subject is important and useful, provided that it is not limited to an exclusively bio-physiological interpretation of women and of motherhood.


All of God’s action in human history at all times respects the free will of the human “I”. Without the opportunity of human birth people cannot become God’s children and attain salvation. And besides the many “unwed mothers” in our society, we also must consider all those who, as a result of various pressures, even on the part of mulieeis guilty man, very often “get rid of” dignutatem child before it is born.

In the Pail Covenant there is only one sacrifice and only one priest: Such a ” restricted” picture would go hand in hand with a materialistic concept of the human being and of the world.

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The Letter to the Ephesians once again confirms this truth, while at the same time comparing joohn spousal character of the love between man and woman to the mystery of Christ and of the Church.

His beatification is a declaration of his holiness, not his achievements. In calling only men as his Apostles, Christ acted in a completely free and sovereign manner. This ” prophetic” character of women in their femininity finds its highest expression in the Virgin Mother of God. Mary “listened to the teaching” of Jesus: The Second Vatican Council renewed the Church’s awareness of the universality of the priesthood.

It is through this kind of love that a person becomes a gift for the other. Christ is the one who “knows what is in man” cf.

Can a Catholic be a feminist? Here’s why John Paul II thought so

The “woman”, as mother and first teacher of the human being education being the spiritual pakl of parenthoodhas a specific precedence over the man. The image and likeness of God in man, created as man and woman in the analogy that can be presumed between Creator and creaturethus also expresses the “unity of the two” in a common humanity.

This likeness is a quality of the personal being of both man and woman, and is also a call and a task. All the baptized share in the one priesthood of Christ, both men and women, inasmuch as they must “present their bodies as a living sacrifice, pail and acceptable to God cf.


Pope John Paul II said that although Christianity tends to use male language of God there are also some instances in which the Bible describes women in female terms and imagery. She is assigned the first place in the Proto-evangelium as the progenitrix of him who will be the Redeemer of man.

The Mulieris Dignitatem

At the same time, this also corresponds to the psycho-physical structure of women. Furthermore, according to Pope John Paul II’s exegesis of Genesis, people are created for the purpose of entering into interpersonal relationship and to give themselves to one another.

Following the description of creation in the Book of Genesis 2: On the part of God the Covenant is a lasting “commitment”; he remains faithful to his spousal love even if the bride often shows herself ;aul be unfaithful. More importantly for me, the process of writing the book led me rignitatem the end to one of the most important days of my life—the day on which I was received into the Catholic Church.

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For no human being, male or female, created in the image and likeness of God, can in any way attain fulfilment apart from this image and likeness. In a certain sense this enables man and woman to discover their humanity ever anew and to confirm its whole meaning. In biblical language this name indicates her essential identity with regard to man – ‘is-‘issah – something which unfortunately modern languages in general are unable to express: This analogy is not without precedent; it transfers to the New Testament what was already contained in the Old Testament, especially in the prophets Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah.