The Mother Church: Turning God Trans

Current rumblings about the introduction of deaconesses into the Catholic faith as a potential prelude to the ordination of female priests are as nothing compared to the latest gender-crazy news from the Church of England.

During the General Synod of the Church of England (CofE) on 7 July, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, argued that the Lord’s Prayer opening with the words “Our Father” was “problematic” (that far-left code word du jour). The alleged “problem” was that this hitherto innocuous phrase may cause upset “for those whose experience of earthly fathers has been destructive and abusive.” Furthermore, the word “Father” could also be considered offensive “for all of us who have labored rather too much from an oppressively patriarchal grip on life.”

For in-house feminist campaigner Rev. Christina Rees, Cottrell had “put his finger on a really live issue,” at least to the likes of her. For Rees, there were “multiple layers” why the term “Our Father” was problematic, including that many Christians had been “abused by their fathers in God, the local priest.” Demonstrating her vast command of Scripture, Rees added that “[Just] because Jesus called God ‘daddy,’ we think we have to call God ‘daddy’ [too].”

Wiser Anglicans, like Canon Dr. Chris Sugden, have disagreed, recalling how Jesus specifically told us to pray to “Our Father,” and to suggest otherwise was to suggest you know better than Christ Himself. But then, what did Mr. Sugden know? Unlike the blessed Ms. Rees, he was only a man.

A previous Synod in February had already announced a new “project on gendered language” to examine the potential for a new generation of Anglican liturgy which did not use exclusively male pronouns to refer to God. Even Vladimir Putin made note of this, in a speech about the growing moral degeneracy of his enemies in the West. Yet various vicars had taken it upon themselves to begin referring to God by the trans-friendly pronoun “they,” or as “our Father and Mother” for some time.

Female vicar Chantal Noppen—a literal blue-haired Social Justice Warrior—ostentatiously referred to the Holy Spirit as “she” during this meeting, something she defended as not her “trying to be woke” but a mere example of “giving voice to more marginalized communities.” God, Noppen said, was not a “white cis male with a beard, sitting on a cloud” but “far bigger than a binary sense of gender allows.” Such “patriarchal assumptions” had “long damaged and reduced the possibility and potential of people, particularly those who do not conform [to] or fit that model—women, non-heteronormative folk.” Thus, it was “time to embrace the liberation that such changes to our [gendered] language can offer.”

In 2018, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had already stated that “All human language about God is inadequate and to some degree metaphorical. God is not a father in exactly the same way as a human being is a father. God is not male or female.” Fair enough. Even paragraph 239 of today’s Catholic Catechism explicitly states that God “is neither man nor woman: He is God.”

Yet it is an obvious fact that God is consistently (though not exclusively) referred to in the Bible as if He was male. Theologians can argue endlessly over whether this is just linguistic metaphor or not, but to do so is to ignore the actual specific meaning of such a metaphor. If the Bible almost always portrays God as a Father rather than as a Mother, then surely there must be a specific reason for this?

Analyzing earlier manifestations of such trends back in 2018, a sensible CofE man, Rev. Ian Paul, noted an unspoken agenda to contemporary attempts to redefine the gender language used about God, as “Fathers and mothers are not interchangeable, but relate to their offspring in different ways.”

Mothers were stereotypically more nurturing and indulgent of their children, but a father possessed more of “a covenant commitment” to his child, standing as a figure of authority whose role was more likely to include rule-giving and punishment to keep His fallible infant on the straight and narrow.

Therefore, said Paul, a shift toward more female imagery and language used to refer to God will inevitably have “a noticeable effect upon our vision of God,” in terms of what He wants both for and from us—i.e., we will end up with a more indulgent, less demanding God who wants to emphasize how much He loves us all the time rather than chiding us for our many sins.

So, when you see some “priests” today blessing gay parades, or lauding (the right kind of) criminals, that’s the kind of nonsense this can ultimately lead to—by deliberate design.

Read the Whole Article