Published on August 15, 1988, Mulieris Dignitatem explores the role and value of women in relation to the Church, the family, and society. In this apostolic letter, Pope John Paul II promotes a vision of complementarity, equality, and communion between man and woman. Within this framework, he stresses the importance of a woman's capacity to love and her femininity-and in particular, sensitivity to others. He also explains the physical and spiritual dimensions of marriage, virginity, and motherhood. Citing women from the Gospels, female saints, and Christian women who have made significant contributions to society, he expresses the Church's reverence for women. Special focus is placed on the Blessed Virgin Mary, the archetype of woman and the "New Eve."
This expanded Anniversary Edition offers the complete text of the letter, along with thought-provoking commentary by Genevieve Kineke, who addressed the Vatican Congress marking the 20th anniversary of the document in 2008. With her conversational style, she makes the content of the papal document more accessible and offers contemporary insights that respond to the urgent questions raised in recent decades about the feminine vocation. Insightful questions suited for individual or group use, applicable prayers, and ideas for meaningful action engage you in your reading experience.
From workplace equality, to reproductive rights, to domestic abuse, women's issues are highlighted in societies worldwide, especially in recent years with the new wave of feminist movements. Whether you are revisiting or introducing yourself to this letter, this anniversary edition provides a framework from which you can explore current women's issues from a Catholic perspective.
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