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Women and the primacy of love. Online Congress January - September 2008 concerning 'the Dignity and Vocation of Women', 'Mulieris Dignitatem'

Women and the primacy of love

Online Congress January - September 2008
concerning “the Dignity and Vocation of Women”,
“Mulieris Dignitatem”
Encyclical Letter by Pope John Paul II (30 September 1988)
TOPIC SIX

“Unless we refer to the primacy of love, we cannot give a complete and adequate answer to the question about women's dignity and vocation. 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. It means something more universal, based on the very fact of her being a woman within all the interpersonal relationships which, in the most varied ways, shape society and structure the interaction between all persons - men and women. In this broad and diversified context, a woman represents a particular value by the fact that she is a human person and, at the same time, this particular person, by the fact of her femininity.” (Mulieris Dignitatem § 29)

We just print some excerpts here. It is worth reading the whole text.

Paragraphs in Mulieris Dignitatem


The Church gives thanks first and foremost through the Eucharist which was entrusted by Christ to women as well as to men.

“Therefore the church gives thanks for each and every woman: for mothers, for sisters, for wives; for women consecrated to God in virginity; for women dedicated to the many human beings who await the gratuitous love of another person; for women who watch over the human persons in the family, which is the fundamental sign of the human community; for women who work professionally and who at times are burdened by a great social responsibility; for "perfect " women and for "weak" women - for all women as they have come forth from the heart of God in all the beauty and richness of their femininity; as they have been embraced by his eternal love; as, together with men, they are pilgrims on this earth, which is the temporal "homeland" of all people and is transformed sometimes into a "valley of tears;" as they assume, together with men, a common responsibility for the destiny of humanity according to daily necessities and according to that definitive destiny which the human family has in God himself, in the bosom of the ineffable Trinity.” (Mulieris Dignitatem § 31)


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