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What is the Catholic view of women?

Full Question

I am a Muslim woman considering becoming a Christian. Can you tell me what is the Catholic view about women? In Islam “they” say that women are shown high regard, but in Islam men have the power regarding almost everything and women don’t. Women are bound by too many rules and regulations that don’t make sense to me, while men are off the hook. I know that Catholics show Mary very high regard and even call her the Mother of God. Can you tell me more about the Catholic view about women?

Answer

The Catholic view is that men and women are equal in the sight of God. In marriage, each is to sacrifice himself or herself for the other. They are to build a family together through cooperation with each other and mutual respect.

There are differences in the roles they naturally play. Women are more natural caregivers for children, and men more naturally work outside the home. Yet women can and do work outside the home and men do act as caregivers for children (changing diapers, feeding babies their bottles, burping them, walking with them when they are crying at night-men do all these things, just as women do). Their roles tend to be focused in one area (caregiving for women and working outside the home for men), but one can fill in for the other whenever needed.

Where there is an absolute difference in the roles the two sexes can play is in the giving of life. By natural law, only women can give physical life by serving as mothers. By supernatural law, only men can give spiritual life to the faithful by serving as priests. Women have the privilege of being intimately associated in the giving of life through birth, and men have the privilege of being intimately associated in the giving of life through the priesthood.

Mary displayed the fullest extent of the maternal calling by becoming the Mother of Christ, who is God, while Christ displayed the fullest extent of the priestly calling by becoming our High Priest before his Father.









5 comments

  1. John Reply

    wow. i have never heard it explained that way before. nice one.

  2. franches joa Reply

    ts good,thank you

  3. michelle tavakolu Reply

    We welcome your questions dear friend in Christ, we will pray for you and hope you along with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, decide to choose CHrist as your Lord and Savior. Jesus, while on earth always pointed out to his male contemporaries that women we’re just as capable of holiness and faithfulness to God as men. Also he stopped a stoneing of a who was caught in adultery (by Men, interestingly enough), by telling the men that “he who is without sin cast the first stone”, they all dropped their stones and left. Jesus went to the woman and told her compassionately, go and sin no more. (By the way, where was the man she had committed adultery with anyway, it was all very one-sided and can be in some areas in middle east. Isis group are still stoning women.

  4. Chima Reply

    What an article

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