Behold, the Woman

What Will the Catholic Church Teach About Women?

by Nancy M. Cross

With Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter, “On The Dignity and Vocation of Women” (1988), offset by four failures by the American Catholic bishops to deliver their own pastoral letter on women, the last two decades of the twentieth century will go down in Roman Catholic history as a time of the birth pangs of a momentous new doctrine.

The Roman Church of late has been torn on the issue of “women” by an internal controversy of historic proportions. Though affecting the European and North American Church most intensely, the meaning and . . .

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