New Horizons


The Church appears to lack a concrete framework for analyzing and responding to violations of women’s dignity. This oversight can be addressed by applying the principles espoused in Catholic Social Teaching to the present-day situation of women worldwide to articulate an affirmative Catholic vision for the protection and promotion of women. This paper examines the tradition of the Catholic Church and her scriptures in order to find positive affirmations of the dignity of women and call to mind places where such affirmations are still lacking. It then seeks to establish a new framework that empowers the Church to more consistently uphold the dignity of all people.


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