Karen Stein was at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome when she heard the call of Pope John Paul II to conduct an “effective and intelligent campaign for the promotion of women.”
Stein was then one of a group of women in upstate New York who would meet regularly to read and study Church documents, among them Humanae Vitae, Familiaris Consortio and Mulieris Dignitatem.
It was the third — On the Dignity and Vocation of Women — that most impressed Stein.
“When I first read the document, I realized that the love I had for Mary from childhood was really valid,” she said. “I guess the image of Mary as a ‘humble’ woman was scorned by some misguided women in the Church, and their view had come to be accepted. It made me very happy to know that how I felt about Mary was exactly how the Church truly felt about her.”
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