Can We Call God Mother?


August 8, 2012 by mattfradd

Is the Church sexist in insisting we call God “Father?” Can’t we just as legitimately call God “Mother?”

That’s what I had to say, now read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

CCC 370 In no way is God in man’s image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the differences between the sexes. But the respective “perfections” of man and woman reflect something of the infinite perfection of God: those of a mother (Isaiah 49:14-15; 66:13; Psalm 131:2-3) and those of a father (Job 31:18; Jer. 3:4-20) and husband (Jer. 3:6-19).

CCC 239 – By calling God “Father,” the language of faith indicates two main things: that God is the first origin of everything and transcendent authority; and that He is at the same time goodness and loving care for all His children. God’s parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood (Isaiah 66:13; Psalm 131:2), which emphasizes God’s immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature. The language of faith thus draws on the human experience of parents,who are in a way the first representatives of God for man. But this experience also tells us that human parents are fallible and can disfigure the face of fatherhood and motherhood. We ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God. He also transcends human fatherhood and motherhood, although he is their origin and standard: no one is father as God is Father.

4 thoughts on “Can We Call God Mother?

  1. JMJ3in1 says:

    Leading, catchy question. Excellent answer.

  2. Lisa says:

    thank you

  3. Rachel says:

    You can always trust the Catechism to lay it out plain and simple. You cant go wrong with it 🙂

  4. Lori8069 says:

    I’ve never been offended by God being referred to as Father–it perfectly fine with me!

    Being obessed with “equalizing” all references by gender-neutralizing or insisting that God is actually Mother, is a good way to dissolve the essential meaning of what we should understand about God. All it does is blur distinctions and water it all down to meaninglessness.

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