The Church is definately playing catch-up here. But the statement by the Pontiff is welcome, nonetheless.
QUOTE "Sadly, this God-given role of the dignity of women has not always been understood and esteemed," the pontiff said on his first visit to Jordan as pope.
"By its public witness of respect for women ... the Church in the Holy Land can make an important contribution to the advancement of a culture of true humanity and the building of the civilization of love," the pontiff said. UNQUOTE