Pontifical Council for the Laity To Hold Seminar on the Dignity of Women
Sept. 25, 2013
The Pontifical Council for the Laity has announced an upcoming seminar in October on the dignity and vocation of woman which will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter “Mulieris Dignitatem”. The theme of the seminar will be “God entrusts the human being to the Woman.” In a statement announcing the seminar, the Pontifical Council for the Laity stated that Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter “presents the concept of the order of love which helps define what is specific about femininity.”
“In an order like this, a special kind of "prophetism" belongs to women in their femininity (cf. MD, 29), because it is they who receive love in order to give love. This is true beyond the specific relationship of marriage. It is a universal characteristic that can help us to understand the specific nature of womanhood,” the statement read. The role of women in the order of love will be the point of departure for the upcoming seminar. “Twenty five years after the publication of Mulieris Dignitatem, the presence and participation of women in social, economic, cultural and political life has been increasing all over the world,” the message from the Pontifical Council stated. However, in this day and age, there is a growing anthropological crisis that was described by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as a “‘self-hatred’ among our contemporaries.”
“It is being seen in so many ways, for example, in the crisis of male and female identity, the growth in gender theory, the widespread culture of death (abortion, euthanasia, the contraceptive mentality), the deterioration in human relations that resulted from the sexual revolution, the education emergency, and the law which is becoming allied to moral subjectivism,” the Pontifical Council’s statement read. The seminar will look at the changes of perception on women throughout history and how these changes have led to the present cultural crisis. The Pontifical Council for the Laity expressed its hope that the seminar will respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to be “protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. “The seminar will be a time of deep reflection on the specific role of women in safeguarding the humanum and, with God’s help, will allow each one to be even more committed to giving their contribution in the various areas discussed,” the statement read.
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