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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 – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

Women in Seminary Formation: The Promise and the Challenge,” Inside the Vatican (Online edition, June 1, 2020).

Publications – Man & Woman

“Masculinity and the Gift of Self,” Priestly Formation and Integrative Healing. Institute for Priestly Formation, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. September 2019

Publications – Cultural Critique

Reflections on the Revolution,” First Things, Fall 2018.

Publications – Human Sexuality

“Rethinking Humanae Vitae,” Why Humanae Vitae is Still Right, Ed., Janet Smith, Ignatius Press, July 2018.

Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

From Monday to Sunday: The Eucharist and the Work of Human Hands,” Humanum Review, Issue no. 3, 2017.

Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

More Than Just a Paycheck: The Dignity of Work,” Humanum Review, Issue no. 1, 2017.

Publications – Man & Woman

“The Human Person and Sexual Difference: Response to Professor Blanca Castilla de Cortazar,” Ruolo Delle Donne Nella Chiesa, (Rome, Italy, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2017.) 115-124.

Publications – Man & Woman

Man, Woman and the Mission of the Laity,” Church Life Journal, University of Notre Dame, October 24, 2016.

Publications – Man & Woman

“Woman as Prophet: a Feminism for the 21st Century,” Woman as Prophet in the Home and in the World, (Lanham, Maryland, Lexington Books, September 2016.) 45-64.

Publications – Cultural Critique

Diagnosing Violence: A Response to Christine Horner,” Church Life Journal, University of Notre Dame, July 19, 2016.

Publications – Man & Woman

Adam’s Gift: Man and the Order of Creation,” Humanum Review, Issue no. 3, 2016.

Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

“Women’s Work,” Catholic Rural Life Journal, Vol. 57, No. 4, Fall 2015.