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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The second description of the creation of man cf.

On Easter Sunday night they receive the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins: It shows the perspective of “toil”, by which dihnitatis will earn his living cf.

This analogy is not without precedent; it transfers to the New Testament what was already contained in the Old Testament, especially in the prophets Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah.

Herein lies the absolute originality of the Gospel: Christ digniratis appeals to man’s responsibility. It is significant that the foretelling of the Redeemer contained in these words refers to “the woman”.

Precisely because this Covenant is to be fulfilled “in flesh and blood” its beginning is in the Mother. Created in the image and likeness of God as a “unity of the two”, both have been called to a spousal love.

A human being, whether male or female, is a person, and therefore, “the only creature on earth which God willed for its own sake”; and at the same time this unique and unrepeatable creature “cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of self”.


These episodes provide a very clear picture. This characteristic of biblical language – its anthropomorphic way of speaking about God – points indirectly to the mystery of the eternal “generating” which belongs to the inner life of God.

The Mulieris Dignitatem

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 human being – both male and female – is the only being in the world which God willed for its own sake. What, finally, is that ultimate and unutterable mystery which engulfs our being, and from which we take our origin and towards which we move? Whilst he maintains that man and women are equally valuable he also thought that they are created to be different with a separate male and female essence. Note that for men, the priesthood is an option for those wishing to dedicate their lives fully to God.

Pope John Paul II and Consecration to Mary : University of Dayton, Ohio

When the author of the Letter to the Ephesians calls Christ “the Bridegroom” and the Church “the Bride”, he indirectly confirms through this analogy the truth about woman as bride. In all of these the same truth about the spiritual motherhood of virgins is confirmed in various ways. From this point of view, the “woman” is the representative and the archetype of the whole human race: The truth about the person and about love is thus confirmed.

This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat Motherhood as a human fact and phenomenon, is fully explained on the basis of the truth about the person. In the usual order of things motherhood is the result of mutual “knowledge” between a man and woman in the marriage union. This would seem to be the sense of the Letter to the Ephesians: The consecration act during the Year of Redemption on the Feast of the Annunciation had a strong ecclesial dimension. Eve brought death into the world by her disobedience, Mary brought salvation through her obedience.


Gender Equality in God’s Plan

As we scan the pages of the Gospel, many women, of different ages and conditions, pass before our eyes. In this context it indicates the evangelical ideal of virginity, an ideal which constitutes a clear “innovation” with respect to the tradition of the Old Testament. According to Saint Paul’s Letter, this love is “like” the spousal love of human spouses, but naturally it is not “the same”. The woman is another “I” in a common humanity.

It implies a reference to the mutual relationship of man and woman in marriage. What if you join this community of benefactors? Even though what is written in the Book of Genesis is expressed in the form of a symbolic narrative, as is digintatis case in the description of the creation of man as male and female cf.

Consequently, the assumption that he called men to be apostles in order to conform with the widespread mentality of his times, does not at dignnitatis correspond to Christ’s way of dignitatsi.