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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He is begotten not made. Saint Paul not only wrote: Pahl making a donation, 4, readers have made it possible for you to read this article, for free.

Summary of the Mulieris Dignitatem for the OCR DCT A2 Specification

In the name of liberation from male “domination”, women must not appropriate to themselves male characteristics contrary to their own feminine “originality”. Burdened by hereditary sinfulness, they bear within themselves the constant ” inclination to sin”, the tendency to go against the moral order which corresponds to the rational nature and dignity of man and woman as persons.

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 joyn 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 nulieris two”: This is especially true julieris the husband is called the “head” of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church; he is so in order to give “himself up for her” Eph 5: For the mountains may depart and the muliefis be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you” Is The Pope explained that this phrase must be put into its context.

The witness and the achievements of Christian women xignitatem had a significant impact on the life of the Church as well as of society.


The Mulieris Dignitatem

Dominika Cicha Sep 14, As the Redeemer of the world, Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church. Jesus enters into the concrete and historical situation of women, a situation which is weighed down by the inheritance of sin. It also means that man and woman, created as a “unity of the two” in their common humanity, are called to live in a communion of love, and in this way to mirror in the world the communion of love that is in God, through which the Three Persons love each other in the intimate mystery of the one divine life.

Pope John Paul II suggested that motherhood and virginity are two possible vocations for women. The woman is another “I” in a common humanity. Goddesses have, of course, been worshipped; many religions have had priestesses. In order to share in this “vision”, we must once again seek a deeper understanding of the truth about the human person recalled by the Second Vatican Council.

This, he explained meant that. We can easily understand that – on this fundamental level – it is a question of a “help” on the part of both, and at the same time a mutual “help”. The history of every human being passes through the threshold of a woman’s motherhood; crossing it conditions “the revelation of the children of God” cf. They feel ” liberated” by this truth, restored to themselves: Only a person can love and only a person can be loved. This conversation with Martha is one of the most important in the Gospel.

In this way everything is completely explained. Yet how many generations were needed for such a principle to be realized in the history of humanity through the abolition of slavery! Mary means, in a sense, a going beyond the limit spoken of in the Book of Genesis 3: Against the background of this broad panorama, which testifies to the aspirations of the human spirit in search of God – at times as it were “groping its way” cf.

However, God is immaterial, spiritual, non-physical and therefore has no biological gender. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

John Paul II’s “New Feminism” — Aleteia

Hence Mary attains a union with God that exceeds all the expectations of the human spirit. Although the Church possesses a “hierarchical” structure, [53] nevertheless this structure is totally ordered to the holiness of Christ’s members. Jesus seems to say to the accusers: Pual she is truly the Mother of God, because motherhood concerns the whole person, not just the body, nor even just human “nature”.


In anything we think, say or do concerning the dignity and the vocation of women, our thoughts, hearts and actions must not become detached from this horizon. Hence a woman, as well as a man, must understand her “fulfilment” as a person, her dignity and vocation, on the basis of these resources, according to the richness of the femininity which she received on the day of creation and which she inherits as an expression of the “image and likeness of God” that is specifically hers.

This is how God speaks to his Chosen People through the Prophet: Only “those to whom it is given” understand it Mt The author of the Letter to the Ephesians sees no contradiction between an exhortation formulated in this way and the words: There is a well-founded fear that if they take this path, women will not “reach fulfilment”, but instead will deform and lose what constitutes their essential richness.

If there is a likeness between Creator and creatures, it is understandable that the Bible would refer to God using expressions that attribute to him both “masculine” and “feminine” qualities.

This concise passage contains the digjitatem anthropological truths: Whilst he maintains that man and women are equally valuable he also thought that they are created to be different with a separate male and female essence.

At the moment of the Annunciation, by responding with her ” fiat”, Mary conceived a man who was the Son of God, of one substance with the Father. It is the Sacrament of the Bridegroom and of the Bride.