Says we need anthropological research to better understand masculine and feminine identity
The Church is invited to take on a “Marian style,” Pope Francis says, and a “Marian style” consists of loving as the mother of Christ does, with “tenderness” and “affection.”
The Holy Father said this in a letter to Maria Teresa Compte Grau, the author of “10 Things Pope Francis Proposes to Women” (Diez cosas que el Papa Francisco propone a las mujeres, in Spanish), which will be presented on March 7, in Madrid, Spain, according to L’Osservatore Romano.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, the current head of the Catholic Church affirms the need for new “anthropological research” in order to understand both the feminine and masculine identity more deeply, and thus “better serve the human being as a whole.”
From the beginning of his pontificate, the pope has called for a renewed “theology of women.”
A certain “male chauvinist” mentality still persists, the pontiff laments, which turns women into objects of abuse, trafficking and profit. The place of women sometimes is reduced to roles of “servitude” rather than “true service.”
For example, when the pope was in Peru in January, he spoke about the role of women and the violence against them:
Looking to Mary, I do not want to conclude without asking all of us to think of the mothers and grandmothers of this nation; they are a true driving force for the life and the families of Peru. What would Peru be like, without its mothers and grandmothers! What would our lives be like without them! Our love for Mary must help us to feel appreciation and gratitude for women, for our mothers and grandmothers, who are a bastion in the life in our cities. Almost always in silence, they carry life forward. It is the silence and strength of hope. Thank you for your witness.
Appreciation and gratitude. But in thinking of our mothers and grandmothers, I want to invite you to combat a scourge that affects our American continent: the numerous cases where women are killed. And the many situations of violence that are kept quiet behind so many walls. I ask you to fight against this source of suffering by calling for legislation and a culture that repudiates every form of violence.
Since you are here…
…we’d like to have one more word with you. We are excited to report that Aleteia’s readership is growing at a rapid rate, world-wide! Our team proves its mission every day by providing high-quality content that informs and inspires a Christian life. But quality journalism has a cost and it’s more than ads can cover. We want our articles to be accessible to everyone, free of charge, but we need your help. To continue our efforts to nourish and inspire our Catholic family, your support is invaluable. Become an Aleteia Patron today for as little as $3 a month. May we count on you?