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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According to the Letter to the Ephesians, the bride is the Church, just as for the Prophets the bride was Israel. All “generating” among creatures finds its primary model in that generating which in God is completely divine, that is, spiritual. It is worth noting that he did not believe that women should bear the whole responsibility for parenting. By committing sin man rejects this gift and at the same time wills to become “as God, knowing good and evil” Gen 3: We find various passages in which the apostolic writings express this innovation, even though they also communicate what is “old”: A different way of acting would lead to doubtful, if not actually erroneous and deceptive results.

Sin in fact “diminishes” man, as djgnitatem Second Vatican Council also recalls.

The Mulieris Dignitatem

The dignity and the vocation of women – as well as those of men – find their eternal source in the heart of God. The biblical text provides sufficient bases for recognizing the essential equality of man and woman from the point of view of their humanity.

According to Saint Paul’s Letter, this love is “like” the spousal love of human spouses, but naturally it is digitatem “the same”. To this extent she is an ‘ archetype ‘, a representation of what humanity can become. Mary is the “figure” of the Church: It implies a reference to the mutual relationship of man and woman in marriage. Although the Church possesses dignitwtem “hierarchical” structure, [53] nevertheless this structure is totally ordered to the holiness of Christ’s members.


As we scan the pages of the Gospel, many women, of different ages and conditions, pass before our eyes.

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

Researchers say feminism began as early as the 18th century. This observation on the limits of the analogy – the limits of man’s likeness to God in biblical language – must also be kept in mind when, in different passages of Sacred Scripture especially in the Old Testamentwe find comparisons that attribute to God “masculine” or “feminine” qualities.

No other human has been unite with God in such an intimate way. This applies to every human being, whether woman or man, who live it out in accordance with the special qualities proper to each.

A woman’s dignity is closely connected with the love which she receives by the very reason of her femininity; it is likewise connected with the love which she gives in return. At the same time Christ emphasized the originality which distinguishes women from men, pau the richness lavished upon women in the mystery of creation.

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 rignitatem of the Mother of God.

Mulieris Dignitatem (August 15, ) | John Paul II

Is it only a question here of a “helper” in activity, in “subduing the earth” cf. Being a person in the image and likeness of God thus also mlieris existing in a relationship, in relation to the other “I”.


Therefore when we read in the biblical description the words addressed to the woman: The Bridegroom is the one who loves. In the name of liberation from male “domination”, women must not appropriate to themselves male characteristics contrary to their own feminine “originality”.

More importantly for me, the process of writing the book led me in the end to one of the most important days of my life—the day on which I was received into the Catholic Church.

In Saint Paul’s text the analogy of the spousal relationship moves simultaneously in two directions which make up the whole of the “great mystery” “sacramentum magnum”.

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. The human being is a person, a subject who decides for himself.

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The Planet Is Alive At the same time, in this Church, which jhn the same passage is also called his “body” cf. All this has already been iohn. This meaning becomes clearer for us from Christ’s words and from his whole attitude towards women, an attitude which is extremely simple, and for this very reason extraordinary, if seen against the background of his time.

In the intimate life of God, the Holy Spirit is the personal hypostasis of love. On another occasion – after the death of Lazarus – Martha is the one who talks to Christ, and the conversation concerns the most profound truths of revelation and faith: