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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Pope John Paul II said that although Christianity tends to use male language dignltatem God there are also some instances in which the Bible describes women in female terms and imagery. Even though she is “betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph” cf.

The Mulieris Dignitatem

Pual her ” fiat”, Mary becomes the authentic subject of that union with God which was realized in the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, who is of one substance with the Father. Motherhood is linked to the personal structure of the woman and to the personal dimension of the gift: It is precisely this love which explains the Covenant, a Covenant often presented as a marriage covenant which God always renews with his Chosen People.

John Paul II wrote:. The other ij of female vocation is virginity.

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The title of this chapter is significant: Christ is greeted as the bridegroom by John the Baptist cf. In the name of liberation from male “domination”, women must not appropriate to themselves male characteristics jhn to their own feminine “originality”. Woman can only hand herself by giving love to others.

Pope John Paul II went on to provide an example mulietis the way women are psychologically suited to child-rearing. The woman’s motherhood in the period between the baby’s conception and birth is a bio-physiological and psychological process which is better understood in our days than in the past, and is the subject of many detailed studies.

When she hears the words: In this way everything is completely explained. They are the first to embrace his feet cf. In this vision dinitatem the person we also find the essence of that “ethos” which, together with the truth of creation, will be fully developed by the books of Revelation, particularly the Gospels.


However, the awareness that in marriage there is dignittatem “subjection of the spouses idgnitatem of reverence for Christ”, and not just that of the wife to the husband, must gradually establish itself in hearts, consciences, behaviour and customs. Although motherhood, especially in the ii sense, depends upon the man, it places an essential “mark” on the whole personal growth process of new children.

Following the description of creation in the Book of Genesis 2: The sending of this Son, one in substance with the Father, as a man “born of woman”, constitutes the culminating and definitive point of God’s self-revelation to humanity. This is an event without precedent: However, her role is also distinctive. What is goodness and what is sin? From a linguistic viewpoint we can say that the analogy of spousal love found in the Letter to the Ephesians links what is “masculine” to what is “feminine”, since, as members of the Church, men too are included in the concept of “Bride”.

Thus every element of human generation which is proper to man, and every element which is proper to woman, namely human ” fatherhood” and ” motherhood”, bears within itself a likeness to, or analogy with the divine “generating” and with that “fatherhood” which in God is “totally different”, that is, completely spiritual and divine in essence; whereas in the human order, generation is proper to the “unity of the two”: A different way of acting would lead to doubtful, if not actually erroneous and deceptive results.

She became united with God and involved in his divine plan in a way that was unique. Those who have embraced virginity for Christ have the option to become spiritual mothers to the Christian community.

The Covenant begins with a woman, the “woman” of the Annunciation at Nazareth. O Israel, hope in the Lord”. Its most important goal was establishing equal rights for men and women, and English and American suffragists played a leading role.

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Christianity tends to talk about God in male terms. The comparison Eve-Mary constantly recurs in the course of reflection on the deposit of faith received from divine Revelation. The Pope characterizes the text as a “mediation” on the “dignity of women and their vocation”, as found in Scripture. Mary is the first person in whom this new awareness is manifested, for she asks the Angel: The revealed truth concerning the creation of the human being as male and female constitutes the principal argument against all the objectively injurious and unjust situations which contain and express the inheritance of the sin which all human beings bear within themselves.


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Their perfect incarnation is Jesus Christ himself. The “woman” of dignitatme Proto-evangelium fits into the perspective of the Redemption. This entrusting is the test of love, spousal love. For whenever man is responsible for offending a woman’s personal dignity and vocation, he acts contrary dignihatem his own personal dignity and his own vocation. All the reasons in favour of the “subjection” of woman to man in marriage must be understood in the sense of a “mutual subjection” of both “out of reverence for Christ”.

Indeed, in order to illustrate the Church’s fundamental mission, he finds nothing better than the reference to motherhood. However, the Pope denied that this takes away from Mary’s status. The author of the Letter to the Ephesians sees no contradiction between an exhortation formulated in this way and the words: This self-revelation is salvific in character, as the Second Vatican Council teaches in another passage: Precisely because Christ’s divine love is the love of a Bridegroom, it is the model and pattern of all human love, men’s love in particular.

Sometimes, forgetting his mulieis sin, he even dihnitatem himself the accuser, as in the case described. If this manner of expressing himself is characterized by a certain anthropomorphism, the reason is that man is “like” God: At the same time, however, as the author of the evil pxul sin, the human being digniyatem man and woman – is affected by it.

John Paul II interpreted Eve’s creation out of Adam as emphasising her dibnitatem to be a companion to man. There are other things that the Pope said that are less controversial but might be regarded as patronising and stereotypical. What makes man like God is the fact that – unlike the whole world of other living creatures, including those endowed with senses animalia – man is also a rational being animal rationale.

Pope John Paul II said that although the creation of a child obviously involves both parents, women play a more decisive role in the process.