The Role and Contributions of Women in the Catholic Church.
Background to the study
Right from creation, women have played an enormous role in the religious, social, political, economic and moral development of nations. As her male counterparts created in the image and likeness of God, the woman was also given the command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and govern it. Since then, women have participated actively in various fields.
Though not seen as equal with her male counterpart and relegated and discriminated against in almost every sphere of life, the women has been relentless, in her effort to assert her independence and God’s given role. Today, the influence and the indispensable role of women cannot be over emphasized.
In the political social and religious history of the Israelites, certain women performed outstanding roles so much so that the Bible will be incomplete without mentioning these women.
prominent among them are:- Eve, the mother of all creation, Abigail, Saphira, Miriam, Jezebel, Ruth, Esther, Hannah, Rahab, Naomi, Bathsheba, Delilah, Deborah, Joel, Dorcas Sarah, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Rachael, Leah, Hagar, Huldah, Ann, Mary, Jochesed, Lydia, Tabitha, Martha and Mary Magdalene, Priscella, Phoebe, Salome, the Samaritan woman and so many others too many to mention both in the Old and New Testaments Esposito, J.L. et al (2006).
Statement of the problem
Gone are the days when women were contended to be lookers. In spite of the great contribution of women in the history of the political and religious life of the Israelites, non of them was a member of the Sanherdrin, the Jewish political and religious coma. Continue reading the role and contributions of women in the Catholic Church.