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Fr. James Martin refers to God as ‘her,’ attacks so-called ‘damaging’ portrayal of God as man
LifeSite News ^ | March 11, 2021 | Michael Haynes

Posted on 03/11/2021 8:16:46 AM PST by ebb tide

Fr. James Martin refers to God as ‘her,’ attacks so-called ‘damaging’ portrayal of God as man

Martin claimed that it 'just as theologically correct to use feminine imagery about God as it is to use masculine imagery'

UNITED STATES, March 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Father James Martin, has defended his recent reference to God as “Her,” by penning an article in America Magazine in which he claimed that feminine imagery of God was “not contrary to our faith.” Martin also criticized a male concept of God as promoting a harmful concept of patriarchy. 

For the Second Sunday in Lent, the well-known Jesuit originally shared a reflection by the Catholic Women Preach organization, which referred to God as female, commenting on how “God will let you glimpse Her power.” 

After facing significant outrage from Catholics, Martin availed of his position as “editor at large” of America Magazine, to double down on his position on the female concept of God.

In a post entitled “God is not a man (or a woman),” Martin revealed that he had no problem with calling God “her.”

“God is not a man. And while Jesus Christ was (and is) a man and invites us to call God the Father, that does not mean that God is male or that God is only masculine,” he wrote.

Martin claimed that it “just as theologically correct to use feminine imagery about God as it is to use masculine imagery” and that it is “not contrary to our faith, since it’s part of Scripture, albeit an overlooked and even ignored part.”

Martin then noted that he did not view God as a woman either, adding that “[t]he mystery of the Triune God goes beyond the confines of sex or gender.”

The prominent LGBT advocate described how he believes it to be “damaging” to “envision God as solely one gender.” Martin continued to describe what he viewed as a detrimental effect of this view, pointing to “patriarchal cultures,” and how the common concept of God as male, effected theology, public and private worship, and the Christian life. 

He gave examples of work done by feminist theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, who has spent much time in presenting God in a female manner. Johnson takes feminine images or analogies from the Bible and interprets their usage to suggest that God should be understood as a female.

Using her ideas, Martin then even hinted at nefarious actions which were taken to ensure that God was artistically portrayed as a male, rather than a female, presumably as an example of the damaging patriarchal culture he had mentioned earlier. 

Noting the shocked response from faithful Catholics, Martinx referred back readers to the Scriptures, suggesting that such a reaction “mirrors some of the reactions we see in the Gospels when Jesus invites people to think of God as bigger than they had originally imagined.” 

Martin also attempted to misuse St. Thomas Aquinas to defend his position, observing how Aquinas wrote that it is “necessary to find new words to express the ancient faith about God.” However, Aquinas wrote this line to defend using the term “person” when describing the Trinity, not to promote novelty in describing the nature of God. 

In fact, Aquinas has already answered Martin’s theories. Early on in his magnus opus the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas taught that the “name HE WHO IS most properly belongs to God.” The formula, given by God to Moses (Exodus 3:13-14), is the most proper name for God, wrote Aquinas, due to its signification, universality and consignification.

This Scriptural passage is one which Martin notably avoids mentioning, even though it is one whereby God provides a direct answer to the manner in which He is to be understood by men: “I Am Who Am…He Who Is.”

St. Thomas also denotes the theologically sound understanding of God as Father, when explaining the three persons in the Trinity. “Now it is paternity which distinguishes the person of the Father from all other persons. Hence this name Father, whereby paternity is signified, is the proper name of the person of the Father.”

The male concept of God as Father, which Fr. Martin described as evidence of “damaging…patriarchal cultures,” is one taught by Christ Himself in the Scriptures - another Scriptural example which Martin avoids mentioning. It was how He taught the Apostles to pray and refer to God: “Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”

Christ repeatedly refers to God the Father throughout the Gospels, and mentions how He is the one who shall reveal God to man, and Christ does so by revealing God as Father. “And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him.”

It was with this phrase also, denoting God as Father, that St. Paul opened every one of his Epistles. In sending his greetings to the various recipients of his letters, Paul consistently mentions in the first few lines, “God our Father.”



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic
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James Martin, S.J. with Jorge Bergoglio, S.J. in private audience
1 posted on 03/11/2021 8:16:46 AM PST by ebb tide
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2 posted on 03/11/2021 8:17:26 AM PST by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

This bum needs to be excommunicated and defrocked!


3 posted on 03/11/2021 8:18:09 AM PST by DarthVader (Not by speeches & majority decisions will the great issues th the day be decided but by Blood & Iron)
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To: ebb tide

Ummm, I guess he doesn’t realize the prayer Jesus taught us begins with “Our Father, who art in Heaven...”

Geez Louise.


4 posted on 03/11/2021 8:19:02 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: ebb tide

Let’s ask the Pope! /s


5 posted on 03/11/2021 8:19:14 AM PST by Buttons12 ( )
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To: ebb tide

These people are evil.


6 posted on 03/11/2021 8:21:19 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (DEFEAT THE COUP D'ETAT BY THE STALINAZI DERP STATE !)
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To: ebb tide

Its pretty obvious he’s a practicing homosexual.


7 posted on 03/11/2021 8:23:14 AM PST by PGR88
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To: ebb tide

Just another manifestation of the male homosexual fascination with divas. As boys they were subjected to horrible mothers.


8 posted on 03/11/2021 8:23:21 AM PST by allendale
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To: FamiliarFace

Catholic liberals think Jesus was a moron and needs to come talk to them about compassion and inclusiveness behavior..Clearly,He was so old school and needs to get with it...


9 posted on 03/11/2021 8:24:13 AM PST by Hambone 1934 (When will the dems turn the US into Venezuela????)
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To: ebb tide

Jesuits are evil


10 posted on 03/11/2021 8:24:42 AM PST by RaginRak
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To: ebb tide

I like to call God “she” some times just to needle some of the more stuffy, arrogant Mormons I run into. The reaction is quite amusing.


11 posted on 03/11/2021 8:25:39 AM PST by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL)
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To: ebb tide

Holy Spririt, please remove both of these heretics.


12 posted on 03/11/2021 8:26:16 AM PST by Bigg Red (Trump will be sworn in under a shower of confetti made from the tattered remains of the Rat Party.)
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To: ebb tide

Is that a Her as in he/she or trans-her or just what?

Martin is trying to reconfigure the Trinity.

I often wondered just why a Trinity. When the so-called “Christ of this age” arrives, would this creature have a gall to say it is the Second Person of the Trinity? Son of the Father?

I do not think even Satan would go that far.


13 posted on 03/11/2021 8:28:13 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: ebb tide

Why is it we sometimes hear folks refer to God as a woman, but we NEVER hear these folks refer to Satan as a woman? Ever. (rhetorical question)


14 posted on 03/11/2021 8:28:36 AM PST by AnglePark
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To: ebb tide
If you were to say "God is beyond our earthly conception of sex" I could agree. But those at a schismatic non-diocesan Catholic church a friend attends who did the "Our Mother" prayer would have me nailing some theses to the door.
15 posted on 03/11/2021 8:30:08 AM PST by KarlInOhio (The greatest threat to world freedom is the Chinese Communist Party and Joe Biden is their puppet.)
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To: ebb tide

This guy is just signaling. Our Father, or Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. While you can take gender as literal or not, that point is debatable. But if God and Jesus use the male gender, who is this guy to say its harmful. Using a masculine gender is clearly not damaging.


16 posted on 03/11/2021 8:31:46 AM PST by poinq
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To: ebb tide

From the very end of article:

James Martin IGNORES this in his ERROR:

Martin also attempted to misuse St. Thomas Aquinas to defend his position, observing how Aquinas wrote that it is “necessary to find new words to express the ancient faith about God.” However, Aquinas wrote this line to defend using the term “person” when describing the Trinity, not to promote novelty in describing the nature of God.

In fact, Aquinas has already answered Martin’s theories. Early on in his magnus opus the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas taught that the “name HE WHO IS most properly belongs to God.” The formula, given by God to Moses (Exodus 3:13-14), is the most proper name for God, wrote Aquinas, due to its signification, universality and consignification.

This Scriptural passage is one which Martin notably avoids mentioning, even though it is one whereby God provides a direct answer to the manner in which He is to be understood by men: “I Am Who Am…He Who Is.”

St. Thomas also denotes the theologically sound understanding of God as Father, when explaining the three persons in the Trinity. “Now it is paternity which distinguishes the person of the Father from all other persons. Hence this name Father, whereby paternity is signified, is the proper name of the person of the Father.”

The male concept of God as Father, which Fr. Martin described as evidence of “damaging…patriarchal cultures,” is one taught by Christ Himself in the Scriptures - another Scriptural example which Martin avoids mentioning. It was how He taught the Apostles to pray and refer to God: “Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”

Christ repeatedly refers to God the Father throughout the Gospels, and mentions how He is the one who shall reveal God to man, and Christ does so by revealing God as Father. “And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him.”

It was with this phrase also, denoting God as Father, that St. Paul opened every one of his Epistles. In sending his greetings to the various recipients of his letters, Paul consistently mentions in the first few lines, “God our Father.”


17 posted on 03/11/2021 8:31:51 AM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: Seruzawa

Tell them God’s name is Howard - think about it.


18 posted on 03/11/2021 8:31:52 AM PST by SkyDancer (Remember Ashli Babbitt!)
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To: ebb tide

This guy’s reading of John 3:16 must be interesting...


19 posted on 03/11/2021 8:32:39 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ebb tide

God is neither male nor female. English doesn’t have a pronoun just for God, so we have to pick one of the human pronouns. The scriptures use the masculine. Can we do better than that? (no)


20 posted on 03/11/2021 8:32:52 AM PST by I want the USA back (The nation is in the grips of incurable hysterical insanity, as usual.)
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