Vatican Monthly Series of Articles On Women, Church and World 2014

 Unicuique suum - Non praevalebunt

The Vatican See has a free newspaper L'Osservatore Romano,which means Roman Observer, which can be accessed in various languages online. The logo of the paper in the image above has the intriguing double motto, Unicuique suum : "To each his own," and Non praevalebunt "The gates of Hell shall not prevail".[2]

The paper's website has several sections.

One of its new features for 2014 is a monthly series of articles on “Women, Church, World” (Donna, Chiesa, Mondo) focusing on the theology of women, in response to Pope Francis’ repeated calls for a reexamination of the “theology of women” in the Church. Click here for link to this section.

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As editor Lucetta Scaraffia explains here and below, in a January editorial, each month a male or female theologian will analyze “this open question central to the Church today” as a means for “enriching…the discussion” about the contributions to and the role of women in the Church.

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 Full text of Lucetta Scaraffia's editorial is below...

"The New Year begins with a single-theme issue of our monthly dedicated to the family. This will be the main topic of reflection and analysis in the Catholic world in preparation for the Synod on this subject that has been convoked for October 2014. 

In addition, women – at the heart of relationships that keep families together and enliven them, with regard to both their daily and their relational and affective aspects – are also crucial in making the family the place where the experience of faith is passed on.
Isabella Ducrot, “The way home” (2014)
But this year also brings an innovation. In response to Pope Francis’ request for an in-depth study of the theology of women to define more clearly their role in the Church’s life, we are adding to our monthly a page dedicated exclusively to this subject. Here, every month, a man or woman theologian will develop his or her thoughts on this open and key issue in the Church today, thereby enriching the discussion under way with new food for thought. 

We have decided also – if not especially – to ask for collaboration from people who are not experts in this field. Indeed we think that on the whole specialists have already written about this and thus their reflections are available even without our intervention. 

Moreover since this is such a central topic of Christian life in our day, it is necessarily an object of thought and suggestions on the part of all, especially those who have made reflection on the Church a central dimension of their life. 

 The series of theological reflections is opened by Pierangelo Sequeri, a deeply admired and well-loved theologian who has never previously been concerned specifically with the woman question and, for this very reason, contributes a fresh, new analysis that is highly stimulating for all. He shows us once again that theology may become vital and useful thinking with which to face the problems in the life of the Church. We shall continue these new pages for several months and at the end of the experience will present a round table of discussions on the proposals made that will be published. We intend to give the green light to the work by offering, in conclusion, a collection of these efforts to Pope Francis. (l.s.) "

Italian theologian and writer Msgr Pierangelo Sequeri the first to author a piece in the series, is an Italian theologian and writer.  

Click here to read his article: An Epochal Development.

The monthly insert also highlights the family which will be the focus of the Synod of Bishops in October 2014.

As this is a New Year and in anticipation that some of these topics will develop apace as time progresses I have put a link to the newspaper on the side bar of the blog for easy reference/ access. Look out for the logo below.

 Unicuique suum - Non praevalebunt

The current issues are free of charge but the archives are not, so it may be useful to copy the ones that interest you before they disappear.

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