Pope addresses challenges faced by women

The pope addressed an international conference


Vatican City: Pope Francis has stressed the need to develop a profound theology of womanhood.

The pontiff said this while addressing a Vatican conference on ‘Women and the Post-2015 Development Agenda- the Challenges of Sustainable Development Goals’ in Rome.

The Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations, and the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family sponsored the May 22-24 conference.

Around 100 delegates from around the world attended the conference that discuss the 17 objectives proposed by the United Nations for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

During the conference, Pope Francis mentioned how the Church addresses the various conditions of women worldwide today.

He said that the role of women in the Church must not be limited to being mothers or workers. He believes that there is a need to develop a profound theology of womanhood.

He also explained challenges faced by women in some parts of the world, including workplace discrimination, violence in relationships, death in childbirth, kidnapping, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking.

Former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said that religious leaders have avoided the matters of science many times and they tend to focus more on the church’s principles.

Pope Francis will release an encyclical on climate change. Santorum said, “The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we’re really good on, which is theology and morality.”

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3 thoughts on “Pope addresses challenges faced by women

  1. The church in India has miserably failed in empowering the female members of it.A closer look at the functioning of the church reveals many discriminatory practices being followed.How many women have become trustees in parishes?Sacristans are mostly men.
    In the event of injustices being suffered by married women the church has a very orthodox approach.It has not progressed to acknowledge the fact that women have equal rights as men.In case of dowry harassment or domestic violence even now the dependable remedies available are only civil.The bishop houses are only helpless institutions manned by incompetent officers who can be bought.
    In states like Kerala.

    1. What about harassment to men by women. All women or nuns are not angels. There are quite many bad women in the world. Hence, men also need protection.

  2. What Santorum said, “The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we’re really good on, which is theology and morality.” is absolutely relevant. But the question now is are we really good now at theology and morality?Today it is all the more important for the church to focus on theology and morality.It has to break away from its contemporary priorities like the camaraderie with the rich and its commercial and business interests.But for this we need the right manpower to lead and guide the people .For our march towards sustainable,inclusive development women have crucial roles to play.They should really be empowered and the governments and the civil society must strive for eliminating the challenges faced by women like workplace discrimination, violence in relationships, death in childbirth, kidnapping, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking.

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