Women Are More Capable than Men of Paying Attention to Another Person

Motherhood involves a special communion with the mystery of life, as it develops in the woman's womb. The mother is filled with wonder at this mystery of life, and "understands" with unique intuition what is happening inside her. In the light of the "beginning," the mother accepts and loves as a person the child she is carrying in her womb. This unique contact with the new human being developing within her gives rise to an attitude toward human beings-not only toward her own child, but every human being which profoundly marks the woman's personality. It is commonly thought that women are more capable than men of paying attention to another person and that motherhood develops this predisposition even more. The man-even with all his sharing in parenthood- always remains "outside" the process of pregnancy and the baby's birth; in many ways he has to learn his own "fatherhood" from the mother. 

APOSTOLIC LETTER MULIERIS DIGNITATEM, § 18 August 15, 1988

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 142)

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