The exploitation of any person is a crime, but the exploitation of a woman “destroys harmony” in the world, Pope Francis said.
Commenting on the Genesis story of God creating Eve, Pope Francis
told people at his early morning Mass Feb. 9 that the creation story
emphasizes how the world needs the qualities women have.
Men and women “are not the same, one is not superior to the other,
no,” the pope said. “It’s just that men do not bring harmony. She is the
one who brings that harmony that teaches us to caress, to love with
tenderness and who makes the world something beautiful.”
After the creation of Adam, the pope said, “God himself notices the solitude” of Adam, who “was alone with all these animals.”
God could have said, “‘Hey, why don’t you take a dog, who will be
faithful, to accompany you through life and two cats to pet.’ A faithful
dog is good, cats are cute — at least some think so, others no, for the
mice no!” the pope said.
But Adam still felt alone, so God decided to make a suitable
companion for him. In the Genesis story, God casts a deep sleep on Adam,
the pope noted, so it is reasonable to assume that before Adam saw Eve,
he dreamed of her.
“To understand a woman, it is necessary to dream of her first,” the
pope said. And when Adam awakes, he recognizes her immediately. After
all the birds and animals were created, Adam sees Eve and says, “Ah,
this time, yes!”
Too often when people speak about women they talk in terms of
function, “‘woman was made to do this’ — No!” the pope said. The woman
herself is special and “without her the world would not be the same.”
“Often we hear people say, ‘In this company, this institution, there
must be a woman to do this or to do those things,'” he said. “It’s true
that women must do things and that she does things like all of us do,”
but her purpose does not lie in a task, but in the qualities she brings.
“Exploiting a person offends humanity,” he said, “but exploiting a
woman is something more, it is destruction, it is turning back, it is
“Woman is harmony, poetry, beauty,” the pope said. “Without her, the
world would not be as beautiful, it would not be harmonious.”