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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The calling of woman into existence at man’s side as “a helper fit for him” Gen 2: Of fundamental importance here are the words of the Letter mulieros the Ephesians: Christ says, “and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven” Mt Spousal love always involves a special readiness to be poured out for the sake of those who come within one’s range of activity.

Mary, firm in her resolve to preserve her virginity, puts this question to the divine messenger, and obtains from him the explanation: It is through this kind of love that a person becomes a gift for the other.

The Mulieris Dignitatem

This concerns each and every woman, independently of the cultural context in which she lives, and independently of dognitatem spiritual, psychological and physical characteristics, as for example, age, education, health, work, and whether she is married or single.

Woman can only hand herself by giving love to others. At times this caused wonder, surprise, often to the point of scandal: The Gospel helps every woman and every man to live it and thus attain fulfilment.

In doing so, he exercised the same freedom with which, in all his behaviour, he emphasized the dignity and the vocation of women, without conforming to the prevailing customs and to the traditions sanctioned by the legislation of the time. Jesus of Nazareth confirms this dignity, recalls it, jobn it, and makes it a part of the Gospel and of the Redemption for which he is sent into the world. Nevertheless, the mulieri of this kind of motherhood, a renunciation that can involve great sacrifice for a woman, makes possible a different kind of motherhood: Yet how many generations were needed for such a principle to be realized in the history of humanity through the abolition of slavery!


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 dignitztem to the mystery of Christ and of the Church.

Mulieris dignitatem – Wikipedia

It refers to the pail born in the atmosphere of spousal love whereby the woman’s “sincere gift of self” is responded to and matched by a corresponding “gift” on the part of the husband. Walking the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, Jesus iu say to the women: It is truly significant that in his important discussion about marriage milieris its indissolubility, in the presence of “the Scribes”, who by profession were experts in the Law, Jesus makes reference to the “beginning”.

Eve brought death into the world by her disobedience, Mary brought salvation through her obedience. The new feminism gives most attention to the feminine genius, which points out that each woman has a special predisposition and is capable of enriching the world according to her own vocation.

Dignitaetm these sufferings too we must place ourselves at the foot of the Cross. Catholicism portal Women’s history portal. With these words of his Letter to the Galatians 4: Mary fulfilled both these vocations at once, but most women have to chose between the two! Not Prepared to Donate? The dignity of every human being and the vocation corresponding to that dignity find diignitatem definitive measure in union with God.

At the same time they realise the personal value of their own femininity by becoming “a sincere gift” for God Both the Old and New Testament will develop that “ethos”, which reaches its apex in the commandment of love.

Nevertheless, we find no essential contradiction between the two texts. When we say that the woman is the one who receives love in order to love in return, this refers not only or above all to the specific spousal relationship of marriage.

She emphasizes, in the fullest and most direct way, the intimate linking of the order of love – which enters the world of human persons through a Woman – with the Holy Spirit. God, who allows himself to be known by human beings through Christ, is the unity of the Trinity: Indeed Christ applies to himself this comparison drawn from the Prophets cf. Inspired by the LGBT movement and environmentalism, it took into consideration racial, economic, and religious issues.


There is no indication in Pope John Paul II’s analysis that woman is in any sense dependent on or subordinate to man. Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you'”. On Easter Sunday palu they receive the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins: Each of them was healed, and the last-mentioned – the one with a flow of blood, who touched Jesus’ garment “in the crowd” Mk 5: For no human being, male or female, created in the image and likeness of God, can in any way attain fulfilment apart from this image and likeness.

In the context of the “great mystery” of Christ and of the Church, all are called to respond – as a bride – with the gift of their lives to the inexpressible gift of the love of Christ, who alone, as the Redeemer of the world, is the Church’s Bridegroom. The particular reference to the dignity of women and their mulleris, precisely in our time, can and must be received in the “light and power” which the Spirit grants to human beings, including the people of our own age, which is marked by so many different transformations.

However, it becomes clear that Pope John Paul II did not necessarily envisage equality in quite the same way as many feminists do. But indirectly these words concern the woman. According to the Letter to the Ephesians, the bride is the Church, just as for the Prophets the bride was Israel.

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This is what I intend to deal with in this document. This is the evangelical ideal of virginity, in which both the dignity and the vocation of women are realized in a special way.