Pope Francis says God is like a father and mother

In case you missed it, at his general audience yesterday Pope Francis said God is like a good father and a good mother:

 In his earthly mission, Jesus walked the streets of the Holy Land; he called twelve simple people to remain with him, to share his journey and continue his mission; he chose them among the people full of faith in the promises of God. He spoke to everyone, without distinction, to the great and the lowly; to the rich young man and the poor widow, the powerful and the weak; he brought the mercy and forgiveness of God to all; he healed, comforted, understood, gave hope, he led all to the presence of God, who is interested in every man and woman, like a good father and a good mother is interested in each child.

Shades of Pope John Paul I, “[God] is our father; even more he is our mother” ?

Source: Vatican Radio.

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  1. When Pope Francis said “God, who is interested in every man and woman, like a good father and a good mother is interested in each child.” he was using a simile, saying that God was like a mother. No matter how much fake outrage this will cause on the neo-con blogosphere, using a simile is really nothing to get upset about. Blessed Pope John Paul II said that the loving hands of God were like those of a mother. Nothing to see here, move along please; it is just a simile – something is like something else.

    If the Pope had said “God is our mother” then he would have been using a metaphor – and it would have been a little more emphatic. But a metaphor is by definition not a literal description. God is not literally our mother, any more than he is literally our father. Jesus was not literally a good shepherd, nor literally a true vine, nor any of the other metaphors he used about himself in the Gospels.

  2. What amazes me is that this even requires comment–doesn’t anyone read Julian of Norwich, et al., any more?

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