Women in the Church

We are called to embrace the gifts that God has given us as women-- developing them to their fullest in society and in the life of the Church.

The Church perceived an urgent need to remain engaged with society and culture, bringing its message of abundant Christian life to what was rapidly becoming a “culture of death.” For this purpose, the Council issued a document in 1965 that outlined the role of the laity, “Apostolicam Actuositatem” – the Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People.

Here is what the Church says in her wisdom about the lay apostolate and women:

"The laity carry out their manifold apostolate both in the Church and in the world. In both areas there are various opportunities for apostolic activity. We wish to list here the more important fields of action, namely, church communities, the family, youth, the social milieu, and national and international levels. Since in our times women have an ever more active share in the whole life of society, it is very important that they participate more widely also in the various fields of the Church's apostolate."

The document goes on to say:

"...centers of documentation and study not only in theology but also in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and methodology should be established for all fields of the apostolate for the better development of the natural capacities of the laity-- men and women, young persons and adults."

Read the article on Catholic Womanhood here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/cw/post.php?id=392

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