Vatican Calls Plastic Surgery ‘a Burqa Made of Flesh’

by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.  |  published on February 3, 2015

Pope Francis has called for more women in the International Theological Commission, even after tripling the number of women on the team this past September. “In the ever more diverse makeup of the Commission,” he said, “I want to see a higher presence of women.”

The Pope also said recently that it is chiefly women who pass on the faith, and urged men to listen to women more and not be so “macho.” He said that men often don’t allow enough room for women while “women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from us, with a different eye.”

Echoing the Pope’s concerns, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture has chosen the topic of women in culture for its international assembly in February.

The 12-page working document for the meeting, titled Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference, outlines the topics to be discussed, including gender identity and inequality, female poverty, violence against women, complementarity, generativity and the female body.

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