Women in the Church have offered praise for the works of newly-canonised Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, saying that they set a foundation for an expanding theology of women, reports the Catholic News Agency.
Both Popes taught that 'we're only going to have peace in the world, we're only going to have true human progress, when the dignity of every human person is recognised,' said Sr Mary Madeline Todd, OP, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecelia and a doctoral student the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Speaking to CNA, Sr Mary Madeline explained that in the teachings of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, 'we see a clear contextualisation of the question of woman in the broader context of the question of human dignity.'
Both Sr Mary madeline and Melissa Moschella, assistant professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, said that the two Pontiffs helped to explain the Church's respect for the dignity of women in a way that could be understood by a modern and changing world.
Moschella argued that the two saints’ positions are important to consider in a world that defines women's rights and ability to participate in society by their access to products and procedures such as contraception and abortion.
'It's an illusion to think that's an issue of women's liberation,' she said, criticising modern culture's tendency to use technology to render women infertile in order to conform to men's roles in the workplace.
In contrast, she said, both Popes championed a more flexible workplace that respects women's role as caretakers for children or family members, as well as recognising the important work that women do both in the home and outside of it.
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