Summary of Mulieris Dignitatem. This Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem (MD) was written in on the feast of the. Assumption. It is divided into 9 chapters. Article provides an overview of Mulieris Dignitatem, looking at some Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem [Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation. The first one was the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem, “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women,” issued in during the Marian Year.

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Pope John Paul II commented specifically about Jesus’ treatment of the women caught in adultery, Jesus’ reinterpretation of the law on adultery to look lustfully is as bad as committing adultery and his friendship with Mary and Martha.

The Mulieris Dignitatem

In Pope John Paul II’s view, it was not ‘limiting’ or derogatory to identify the female essence with motherhood though many feminists would disagree because being a mother is a noble task.

Grace never casts nature aside or cancels it out, but rather perfects it and ennobles it. At the advent of the “fullness of time” cf. No other human has been unite with God in such an mylieris way. On the contrary, his words and works always express the respect and honour due to women.

Gender Equality in God’s Plan

It is a question of understanding the reason for and the consequences of the Creator’s decision that the human being should always and only exist as a woman or a man. Motherhood is the fruit of the marriage union of a man and woman, dignitaits that biblical “knowledge” which corresponds to the “union of the two in one flesh” cf. She does this “in the Holy Spirit”, since “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” Rom 5: Their own female skills compliment the male skills of their husbands enabling men and women to work together in a productive partnership.

Woman can only hand herself by giving love to others. However, to make his Covenant with humanity, he kulieris himself only to men: In this vision of the person we also find the essence of that “ethos” which, together with the truth of creation, will be fully developed by the books of Revelation, particularly the Gospels.


This concise passage contains the fundamental anthropological truths: He also “knew what was in man” Jn 2: The Creator entrusts dominion over the earth to the human race, to all persons, to all men and women, who derive their dignity and vocation from the common “beginning”. Mary fulfilled both these vocations at once, but most women have to chose between the two! The woman’s motherhood in the period between the baby’s conception and birth is a bio-physiological and psychological process which is better understood in our days than in the past, and is the subject of many detailed studies.

The punishment levelled at woman “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” Gen 3: She is therefore a collective subject and not an individual person.

On another occasion – after the death of Lazarus – Martha is the one who talks to Christ, milieris the conversation concerns the most profound truths of revelation and faith: From the first moment of her divine motherhood, of her union with the Son whom “the Father sent into the world, that the world might be saved through him” cf. And does not physical motherhood also have to be a spiritual motherhood, in order to respond to the whole truth about the human being who is a unity of mullieris and spirit?

This is precisely the way Christ acts as mulieri bridegroom of the Church; he desires that she be “in splendour, without spot or wrinkle” Eph 5: They feel ” liberated” by this truth, restored to themselves: The Bridegroom is the one who loves.

Only “those to whom it is given” understand it Mt This convergence moves not only from motherhood towards virginity, as emphasized above; it also moves from virginity towards marriage, the form mulieriw woman’s vocation in which she becomes a mother by giving birth to her children.

The starting point of this second analogy is the meaning of marriage. There is a well-founded fear that if they take this path, women will not “reach fulfilment”, but instead will deform and lose what constitutes their essential richness.

It is worth noting that he did not believe that women should bear the whole responsibility for parenting. Consequently, even the rightful opposition of women to what is expressed in the biblical words “He shall rule over you” Gen 3: In its essence, however, sin is a negation of God as Creator in his relationship to man, and of what God wills for man, from the beginning and for ever. Mary is presented as second Eve who undoes Eve’s action.


How often, in a similar way, the woman pays dignitaris her own sin maybe it is she, in some cases, who is guilty of the “others’s sin” – the sin of the manbut she alone pays and she pays all alone!

John Paul II interpreted Eve’s creation out of Adam as emphasising her suitability to be a companion to man. If sin’s “non-likeness” to God, who is Holiness itself, presupposes “likeness” in the sphere of freedom and free will, it can then be said that for this very reason the “non-likeness” contained in sin is all the more tragic and sad. In “vocation” understood in this way, what is personally feminine reaches a new dimension: Women, Development, and Catholic Social Thought.

Jesus’ attitude to the women whom he meets in the course of his Messianic service reflects the eternal plan of God, who, in creating each one of them, chooses her and loves her in Christ cf.

From the moment of Christ’s coming, the expectation of the People of God has to be directed to the eschatological Kingdom which is coming and to which he rignitatis lead “the new Israel”. This is also the basis of a specific convergence between the virginity of the unmarried woman and the motherhood of the married woman.

At the same time Christ emphasized the originality which distinguishes women from men, all the richness lavished upon women in the mystery of creation. For every individual is made in the image of Digntatis, insofar as he or she is a rational and free creature capable of knowing God and loving him.

This concerns everyone in the Church, women as well as men.

We may quote here some characteristic passages from the prophet Isaiah: She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni’ which means Teacher. The Pope explained that becoming a dedicated virgin is a way of responding fully and totally to Jesus’ call.

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