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“Man and woman are created absolutely equal and are both equally human and possessed of intellect, will and freedom. That they are different is reflected in the fact that they also possess distinctly masculine and feminine natural capacities and orientations. In general, these two orientations complement each other and insure the survival and flourishing of families, cultures, and civilizations.”

- Deborah Savage, Ph.D. -

Dr. Savage is a recognized scholar of the work of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and has written extensively on several aspects of his thought including his account of the person, his understanding of human work, and his writings on women. For most of the last decade, her primary area of research has been the pursuit of a robust, adequately grounded account of the nature of man and woman, their respective identities, their mission, and their genius – as they find expression in the family, the Church, and the world. The most recent iteration of her theory on man and woman can be found in The Complementarity of Women and Men, ed., Paul Vitz, CUA Press, 2021. Dr. Savage is currently at work on a book entitled Woman and Man.

For the reader's convenience, Dr. Savage's influential publications that analyze Catholic social thought, the complementarity of man and woman, the writings of Pope St. John Paul II, and more, have been organized below by subject matter and/or year.

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Publications Pending – Man & Woman

“The Principle of Significant Difference: Man, Woman, and the Radical Nature of the Gift of Self,” Gender Complementarity and Christian Personalism: the Philosophy of Sister Prudence Allen, RSM, Catholic University of America Press, January 2024.

Publications – Man & Woman

Women in the Church,” presented at the Ratzinger Institute Conference, Franciscan University Press, Fall 2023.

Publications – Man & Woman

The Genius of Woman, What We Need to Know, October 2023.

Publications – Man & Woman

“Woman’s Equality: the Final Redemption,” Studia Iurdica 2023, vol 97, pp. 30-50, International Conference on Feminism and the Law, University of Warsaw, Poland, September 2023.
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Publications – Man & Woman

The Genius of Man,” What We Need to Know, June 2023.

Publications – Man & Woman

“Man, Woman, and the Redemption of the World,” Responding to the Crisis of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, Vol. 2, ed. Jane Adolphe, Esq., April 2023

Publications – Man & Woman

“Redeeming Masculinity: Original Sin and the Fall of Adam,” Healing Masculinity, Institute for Priestly Formation, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, October 2021.

Publications – Man & Woman

“Woman and Man: Identity, Genius, Mission” The Complementarity of Women and Men: from Difference to Complementarity , Ed., Dr. Paul Vitz, (Washington, D.C., Catholic University of America Press, May 2021).
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Publications – Man & Woman

“Confronting a Technocratic Future: Women’s Work and the Church’s Social Vision,” Holiness through Work: Commemorating the Encyclical Laborem Exercens. Ed., Father Martin Schlag. April 2021

Publications – John Paul II

When the Starting Place is Lived Experience: The Pastoral and Therapeutic Implications of John Paul II’s Account of the Person,” Journal of Christian Bioethics, Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality, Volume 26, Issue 3, December 2020, Pages 269–297.
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Publications – Man & Woman

Redeeming Woman: A Response to the ‘Second Sex’ Issue from within the Tradition of Catholic Scriptural Exegesis,” Religions, Special Issue: “Feminism from the Perspective of Catholic Theology.” Ed., Dr. Tracey Rowlands. August, 2020.
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Publications – Cultural Critique

The Return of the Madman: Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the Death of God, circa 2020Catholic World Report. Online, August 10 edition.