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Title: Gender perspectives in the Catholic Church
Authors: Galea, Paul (2004)
Keywords: Women in the Catholic Church -- Malta
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Malta
John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Galea, P. (2004). Gender perspectives in the Catholic Church (Diploma long essay).
Abstract: The Bible shows that from the beginning woman is created equal to man in personal dignity. Jesus had a very positive attitude towards women. The Gospels illustrates several episodes in the life of Jesus which demonstrate his respect to the dignity of woman. In Christian thought, man and woman have the same duties toward virtue. This is the position expounded by the Fathers of the Church. The Church regretfully acknowledges that the impact of culture may at times have influenced the attitude of the Church. However, Pope John Paul II defends the dignity and vocation of women. The Maltese Diocesan Synod also recognizes the dignity of woman and makes suggestions for her advancement. The teachings of John Paul II in respect of the identity and dignity of woman, indicates a shift in perspective, by showing that the equality of the sexes and their differences, is the key to mutuality. The Catholic Church provided an orientation on such a delicate and controversial subject as the question of women in contemporary society. It represents a voice in favour of the dignity of women in a society which in many ways show discrimination towards them. It proposes Mary, whom God has chosen to be his mother, the mother of His Son, as the model for women. The accusation which is often levelled at the Catholic Church that it treats women as second class citizens is not sustainable.
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