.- Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca has called for the defense of the dignity of women who suffer from marginalization, the lack of opportunities and violence.
The archbishop made his remarks in a statement to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Association for the Protection of Oaxaca Young Women, a group that supports women from Indigenous and rural communities who come to the city to work and study.
Archbishop Chavez said that we must âopen our eyes, set aside our pride and begin to act with social responsibilityâ to help women âwho are in a vulnerable situation.â
The archbishop attributed the difficulties being faced by women as the result of âgrave social errors that we have been making for decades in the fields of education, the family and policy with regards to women. In many womenâs faces sadly we see injustice, abuse, and the sex trade, the havoc of drug addiction and some involved already in organized crime.â
Archbishop Chavez noted that women by nature are receptive and welcoming and easily perceive spiritual realities, which they experience with greater awareness. âReligious truths, when embraced by women in their hearts, take on an extraordinary resonance. They experience these realities in their interior and they make them felt by others,â he wrote.
He also underscored that motherhood in its deepest sense is a manifestation of womenâs vocation to love, which she lives out by âgiving of herself, to the point of forgetting herself, as an offering to others.â âIt is impossible that all of these gifts have been given to women by God for no purpose,â the archbishop stated.
Men and women enjoy a fundamental equality and the same rights based on their human dignity, he noted, but âthis equality does not erase the biological and psychological differences that stem from being male or female.â
To distort or obscure these differences would be a true catastrophe for personal identity and for society and the family. âMen and women are complementary,â he said, âand therefore all superiority and competition must be eradicated.â