Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Reject 'simplistic' feminist approach to women’s equality, Vatican envoy asks UN

Catholic World News - February 07, 2014

The Vatican’s representative at the UN has called upon world leaders to reject the idea that women can achieve social equality “only by the negation of their procreative capacities.”

Speaking on February 6 to a UN session on sustainable development, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said that inequalities are a threat to society, leading to violence, crime, and conflict and undermining the basis for community life. Women and girls are especially harmed by inequalities, he said.

“This is especially apparent at times when they are most vulnerable: when they are targeted for sex-selective abortion; or subject to infanticide and abandonment, unschooled, subjected to female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and trafficking,” Archbishop Chullikatt said. He also mentioned the problems of domestic violence, rape, and forced abortion or sterilization.

In attempts to help women, the Vatican envoy said, world leaders must not “conflate equality with sameness.” He asked the UN to reject the “simplistic” idea that contraception, access to abortion, and escape from marriage would provide women with equal opportunities. Far more important, the archbishop said, is the elimination of “a false dichotomy between the relationships that enhance their lives and their participation and gains across other human rights.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($19,134 to go):
$35,000.00 $15,866.48
55% 45%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days