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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We anthropomorphize God in order to stress the personal nature of God. In the Letter to the Ephesians we encounter a second dimension of the analogy which, taken as a whole, serves to reveal the “great mystery”. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Summary of the Mulieris Dignitatem for the OCR DCT A2 Specification

As the Redeemer of the world, Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church. Moreover, we read that man cannot exist “alone” cf. Having heard the answer given to the Pharisees, the disciples say to Christ: Jesus is calm, collected and thoughtful. Only on the basis of this principle can both of them, and in particular the woman, “discover themselves” as a true “unity of the two” according to the dignity of the person.

This is also referred to later in certain passages of the Bible, for example, Paul’s Letter to Timothy: Consequently, it is not just that women happen to have evolved to suit that role which would lead to a ‘their best suited to it so they might as well do it’ back-handed type of argumentrather it is a special task entrusted to them by God.

The title of this chapter is significant: This explains the commandment of love, known already in the Old Testament cf. Sign in with a social network or email and password to comment. In the description found in Gen 2: The other aspect of female vocation is virginity.


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Obviously, from a Christian perspective being physically suited to child-bearing is the same as saying that they are designed by Dignitayem to suit that purpose. Scientific analysis fully confirms that the very physical constitution of women is naturally disposed to motherhood – conception, pregnancy and giving birth – which is a consequence of the marriage union with the man.

Nevertheless, the renunciation of this kind of mulieriss, a renunciation that can involve great sacrifice for a woman, makes possible a different kind of motherhood: In this way everything is completely explained.

Here one also finds an explanation for the calling of the “Twelve”. These words concern that original “unity of the two” which is linked with the creation of the human being as male and female, made in the image and likeness of God, and based on the model of that most perfect communion of Persons which is God himself.

Normally a woman’s conscience does not let her forget that she has taken the life of her own child, for she cannot destroy that readiness to accept life which marks her “ethos” from the “beginning”.

But it is not the only one.

The same analogy – and the same truth – are present in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. In the text of Isaiah quoted above, the expression of God’s love is ” human”, but the love itself is divine.

Mulieris Dignitatem (August 15, ) | John Paul II

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 motherhood which is accomplished in her comes exclusively from the “power of the Most High”, and is the result of the Holy Spirit’s coming down upon her cf. Finally, there is a situation which is perhaps the most eloquent: After original sin, contrary forces are at work in man and woman as a result of the threefold concupiscence, the “stimulus of sin”.


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. However, her role is also distinctive. Pope John Paul II wrote. Love, which is of God, communicates itself to creatures: With your donation, we could reach the hearts of thousands of new readers every day.

The symbol of the Bridegroom is masculine. All “generating” in the created world is to be likened to this absolute and uncreated model.

The fact that man “created as man and woman” is the image of God means not only that each of them individually is like God, as a rational and free being.

In all of these the same truth about the spiritual motherhood of virgins is confirmed in various ways. The full text of the Mulieris Dignitatem is online and can be found here. The “innovation” of Christ is a fact: Moreover, to be mother of God is a role which is only possible for a woman. And besides the many “unwed mothers” in dignitstem society, we also must consider all those who, as a result of various pressures, even on the part of the guilty man, very often “get rid of” the child before it is born.