The Role of Women in Politics and Society

This show was broadcast on Radio Maria Ireland on Friday 26th August 2016

In probing the fact that people no longer marry young, it looks at the address of Pope Pius XII in 1945 to Women titled “Women’s Duties in Social and Political Life:” to see if this can shed any light on the late marriage phenomenon.

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Pope Pius XII is clear with regard to what he considers to be the primary role and duty of women and that is motherhood and the home.  He recognises however that after the second world war there is a shortage of men and that many women have entered into the political and social life of nations some of whom work to undermine the family and the home. … Read the rest

More about Young People and Marriage

This show was broadcast on Radio Maria Ireland on Friday 12th August 2016

You can get a transcript HERE

You can listen to the show HERE

This show looks at some of Pope Pius XII’s writings shortly after the Second World War.  Many millions of men were killed in battle during the war which left many widows and a shortage of men in European societies.  The Pope is looking at the role of women.  What he says, may make some women uncomfortable.  It may even make some men uncomfortable.

He exalts motherhood, the family, the woman as homemaker and he highlights the role of women’s groups which is “to protect the dignity of the daughter, of the wife, of the mother; to preserve the home, the family, the child in their primordial order; to safeguard the rights of the family, and make all efforts bear toward the safekeeping of the child under the guardianship of his parents.”… Read the rest