Some will dismiss any word from Rome on women. While there are traditional and theologically-framed reasons for excluding women, the perception of mistreatment may make the words of Fratelli Tutti 23 ring empty. Nonetheless, they are here, partly quoted from an earlier Pope Francis document:
- Similarly, the organization of societies worldwide is still far from reflecting clearly that women possess the same dignity and identical rights as men. We say one thing with words, but our decisions and reality tell another story. Indeed, “doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, since they are frequently less able to defend their rights”.[Evangelii Gaudium 212]
Indeed, words are one thing. Yet actions tell a truer tale.
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