(31 Jul 2004)
July 30, 2004
1. Tilt up of Saint Peter Basilica Dome
2. Various of "Letter to the bishop of the Catholic Church on the collaboration of men and women in the church and in the world" signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
3. Headlines of Corriere della Sera - national Italian daily newspaper reading "Church: Women are not a copy of men"
4. Various of "Letter to the bishop of the Catholic Church on the collaboration of men and women in the church and in the world" signed by Ratzinger
5. Fountain in Saint Peter's Square
6. Pan of mother with child walking in Saint Peter's Square
7. Statues in Saint Peter's Square
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Claire Cocton, tourist:
"My family look after my children, really, so I'm very lucky, but generally some of the mothers that I work with that do have children, they rush off and they have to pick them up by 6.30 (am). So if anything important does come up, they can't always stay, there are terrible restrictions on it, but yeah, we are pushed out to the work-place far more now than we've ever been."
9. Cocton with family close to colonnade in Saint Peter's Square
10. SOUNDBITE: (Italian) Sebastiana Koepfl, German-Italian tourist:
"If a woman wants to work and have a career, it's better for her to not become a mother. Because she cannot just focus on the work and leave children with a baby-sitter or at nursery school all the day."
11. Family with pushchair
12. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Nuria Jimenez, Spanish tourist in Saint Peter Square:
"Yes, my husband helps me, at home we are equal and we split all the housework."
14. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Nuria Jimenez, Spanish tourist in Saint Peter Square:
"(Spanish culture) doesn't care very much, but little by little, we (women) are obtaining improvements. People are understanding that women need to work as well and have children at the same time. Little by little more facilities are being provided."
15. Pan of Jimenez with husband and son going towards the Vatican
September 11, 2002
16. Various of Ratzinger inside Saint Peter Basilica
17. Pope John Paul II
The Vatican on Saturday published a document on the on the roles of men and women which criticises extreme feminism for trying to ignore the biological differences between the sexes.
The document published by the Congregation for the Doctrine is titled "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World".
It is intended to summarise the position of the Vatican on the role of women in the modern society, and in the Church.
Compiled by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the guardian of church orthodoxy as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it attacks the "ideology of gender" and stresses that a woman "is not a copy of a man."
It repeats the prohibition on women becoming priests, but suggests that women should have an important role in the church.
A small 37-page booklet published in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese, the document, in the form of a letter to the Bishops, stresses the position of the pope and the Catholic Church on the relationship between men and women.
It also calls on governments "to manage conditions so that women do not need to neglect their families if they want to pursue a job".
The document talks about the involvement of women in public life which it says is a sign of modern times, and says society should adjust its structures and jobs to allow women to work in public life, while at the same time making motherhood a priority.
The document also addresses homosexuality saying that "God wanted a Christian marriage, a marriage between a man and a woman," and not between people of the same gender.
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