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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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Summary of the Mulieris Dignitatem for the OCR DCT A2 Specification

Gospel “equality”, the “equality” of women and men in regard to the “mighty works of God” – manifested so clearly in the words and deeds of Jesus of Nazareth – constitutes the most obvious basis for the dignity and vocation of women in the Church and in the world. This truth, which Christian faith has accepted from the beginning, was solemnly defined at the Council of Ephesus A.

In the teaching of Christ, motherhood is connected with virginity, but also distinct from it. This should not surprise us, for Saint Paul, in order to express his mission in Christ and in the Church, speaks of the “little children with whom he is again in travail” cf. First we see those women who had personally encountered Christ and followed him.

Against the broad background of the “great mystery” expressed in the spousal relationship between Christ and the Church, it is possible to understand adequately the calling of the “Twelve”. The starting point of this second analogy is the meaning of marriage. All this is contained in the Letter to the Ephesians. Each and every time that motherhood is repeated in human history, it is always related to the Covenant which God established with the human race through the motherhood of the Mother of God.

Mary is presented as second Eve who undoes Eve’s action.

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This is damaging to both man and woman but is more damaging for the woman. The man – even with all his sharing in parenthood – always remains “outside” the process of pregnancy and the baby’s birth; in many ways he has to learn his own “fatherhood” from the mother.


The Pharisee to whose house the sinful woman went to anoint Jesus’ feet with perfumed oil “said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner'” Lk 7: Christ says, “and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven” Mt We find in these passages an indirect confirmation of the truth that both man and woman were created in the image and likeness of God.

She “precedes” everyone on the path to holiness; in her person “the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle cf.

The Mulieris Dignitatem

The Virgin of Nazareth truly becomes the Mother of God. One must speak of an essential psul, since both of them – the woman as much as the man – divnitatem created in the image and likeness of God. The Bride is loved: The words of the Proto-evangelium, re-read in the light of the New Testament, express well the mission of woman in the Redeemer’s salvific struggle against the author of evil in human history.

In fact, the ideal of celibacy and virginity for the sake of greater closeness to God was not entirely foreign to certain Jewish circles, especially in the period immediately preceding the coming of Jesus.

Certainly that tradition was connected in some way with Israel’s expectation of the Messiah’s coming, especially among the women of Israel from whom he was to be born.

Perhaps it would be worthwhile to reconsider ppaul from the point of view of man’s spiritual history, understood in the widest possible sense, and as this history is expressed through the different world religions.

On the basis of the Gospel, the meaning of virginity was developed and better understood as a vocation for women too, one in which their dignity, like that of the Virgin of Nazareth, finds confirmation. It is universally admitted – even iii people with a critical attitude towards the Dignihatem message – that in the eyes of his contemporaries Christ became a pau, of women’s true dignity and of the vocation corresponding to this dignity.

Only a person can love and only a person can be loved.

First of all she assumes and embraces it within the mystery of Christ, “the new and the last Adam” cf. Eve brought death into the world by her disobedience, Mary brought salvation through her obedience. Note that for men, the priesthood is an option for those wishing to dedicate their lives fully to God.


In the Psalms too God is compared to a caring mother: It cites the recent Marian yearthe Church as bride of Christand the role of women in the Bible as the first witnesses to the Resurrection as proof that Christianity values women, men, and all members of the community. The self-revelation of God, who is the inscrutable unity diynitatem the Trinity, is outlined in the Annunciation at Nazareth.

This sin, as already said, cannot be properly understood without reference to the mystery of the creation of the human being – man ui woman – in the image and likeness of God. Even Christ’s own disciples “marvelled”.

Spiritual motherhood takes on many different forms.

It also mentions the importance of traditional roles of women, such as motherteacherand dignitatrm in contemporary society. That is why, at his moment when the human race is undergoing so deep dognitatem transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling”. Now it is surely the case that if all these supposals were ever carried into effect we should be embarked on a different religion.

Aside from feminine gifts such as the ability to look holistically at another person, and an innate empathy and desire to help, every woman receives entirely individual gifts and talents as a person, which she can use at work, and as a wife, mother, nun, or single person. Motherhood in the bio-physical sense appears to be passive: In this way Jesus presents her as a model for everyone and defends her, for in the socio-juridical system of the time widows were totally defenceless people cf.

This relationship was disrupted by sin. In anything we think, say or do concerning the dignity and the vocation of women, our thoughts, dignifatem and actions must not become ii from this horizon.