The Catholic Church Doesn’t Want To Hold Women Back, It Wants To Educate And Empower Them

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In a sea of critical statements about the Church, one of the most patently false accusations made is that the Catholic Church wants to “hold women” back. But from the great women saints, like Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Hildegard of Bingen, to orders of religious Sisters, and up to the Catholic devotion to Mary, Mother of God, women are exalted and celebrated.

In truth, there is perhaps no other institution on Earth truly values and esteems women like the Catholic Church.

One of the main reasons this misconception exists is that the Church does not view men and women as “same”. Men and women are not the same, but their dignity and worth is unequivocably equal. The Church teaches that men and women “have been created in perfect equality as human persons”.Pope Francis has said that women are the future of the Church. In an address during his visit to the United States, he said “We know that the future of the church, in a rapidly changing society, now calls for a much more active engagement on the part of the laity,” Francis said. “In a particular way, it means valuing the immense contribution that women, lay and religious, have made and continue to make to the life of our communities.”

Pope Francis has said that women are the future of the Church. In an address during his visit to the United States, he said “We know that the future of the church, in a rapidly changing society, now calls for a much more active engagement on the part of the laity,” Francis said. “In a particular way, it means valuing the immense contribution that women, lay and religious, have made and continue to make to the life of our communities.”

Women play an indispensable role in the Church, so fundamental that the Church could not continue to exist without them. All Catholics, both male and female, have a duty to support, encourage, and educate the girls of today, so they will be the women of tomorrow the Church depends upon. 

To help support and educate the poor and underprivileged young girls in areas of the world where few opportunities exist for women, The Pontifical Mission Societies have created MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly help provide education for young girls and women.

MISSIO allows you to search through vital charity projects – ones providing for basic needs, education, safety, and others extending the Good News of the Gospel to remote areas. 

Launched by Pope Francis himself, the MISSIO platform offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the “front lines” making a difference for the poor and marginalized through direct, daily service.

Choose one of these missions of Pope Francis, and donate directly to them, knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly there. Share them on social media so others can support the projects also.

There are opportunities to support help educate young women in Pakistan, give a college scholarship to a Sister seeking to improve the lives of the poor in Vietnamempower female farmers in Kenya, or provide medical care to soon-to-be mothers.

MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.

 

Check out MISSIO today and start giving!

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