- May 24, 2020
The challenge for any “women’s movement” is to represent all women, and that’s the problem with today’s “A Day Without Women.” Not only does it ignore women who don’t support abortion, but it glosses over the experience of millions of women in the developing world who can’t afford to postpone their responsibilities.
On the UN-sponsored International Women’s Day, a round-up of opinion about working in or around the Vatican suggests it’s a mixed bag for women. Yes, there are multiple challenges, but there are also advantages, including a great maternity plan for working women with children.
Men and women “are not the same, one is not superior to the other, no,” Pope Francis said at at his early morning Mass. “It’s just that men do not bring harmony. She is the one who brings that harmony that teaches us to caress, to love with tenderness and who makes the world something beautiful.”
An honest assessment of the situation of women most likely to have an abortion today easily reveals that there’s more to it than simply pro-life vs. pro-choice. For example, data from scholars on both sides of the political sphere assert that children born in single-parent homes are more like to suffer physically, emotionally, educationally, and economically than their peers born to their married mom and dad.
“Women are more courageous than men,” Pope Francis told an applauding crowd on January 25 during his weekly general audience. The pope added that the advice of courageous women should always be heeded and embraced and quoted the heroine Judith as an example of trusting God amidst turmoil.
The role women in the Church today stood front and center of the ad limina visits, where many Irish prelates gathered in Rome to meet with the pope. Bishop Brendan Leahy said that the Holy Spirit is “saying something” to us about the future of women in the Church and in our society.