A recent Vatican symposium was held to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s 1988 apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”). The Women’s Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity hosted the symposium at the Vatican 10th – 12th October 2013. Around 100 women from 25 countries, representing lay movements and church associations.
“Pope Francis is calling for a theology of women, but women in the church are resistant, calling instead for a theology of the laity.”
“Personally, I am not sure why there needs to be a theology of women, and certainly not one written by men,” Marti Jewell of the University of Dallas’ School of Ministry said in an email to NCR. “There is not talk of a theology of men. We are all disciples by virtue of our baptism.”
Source: Megan Fincher & Colleen Dunne (NCR 4th Nov. 2013)