No macho men says Pope
Pope Benedict has denounced violence and discrimination against women saying "macho mentality" precipitates the aggression and division.
The Pontiff, however, added that there is a "natural difference" between the sexes.
Speaking at a meeting with secular participants of a pontifical council, AFP reports the Pope said there were cultures whereby women are underestimated for the sole reason of sex.
"I urge Christians to engage to promote a culture that gives a woman the dignity she is due, in law and in deed'," he said.
"Women must be able to contribute to the construction of society by emphasising their 'feminine genius'''.
Pope denounces 'macho mentality'(Herald Sun 10/02/08)
11 Feb 2008