Dear Sisters and Brothers,
know and probably deeply deplore is the fact, that despite hopes Pope Benedict XVI did not
implement any clear measures toward renewal of the faith. This renewal is commonly
understood as introducing more liberties: recognition of women priests, embracing
protestantism as equal, lifting of celebacy, sexual freedom etc.
However important this all may be, it passed over the fundamental questions concerning
the faith. The point is, that if the foundation is rotten, you can build impressive new
floors, still the house sooner or later will collapse. "Back to basics" thus
isn't just a metaphore, it is a matter of life or death.....
This time I will elaborate on a sensitive issue: the assumption that "God is
Father". Despite the fact that "God cannot be defined" (Ratzinger), the
common practice of calling God "Father" hasn't ceased. On the contrary: Bible,
Eucharist, the Canon, yes, the entire Church history is unmistakenbly patriarchal.
Thus it was a surprise to hear from Pope John Paul I his innovative assertion:
"God is Father, and even more, He is Mother". Many certainly would have thought
that this was a "slip of the tongue" just a private opinion of a exceptional
pontiff. It wasn't. In 1989, while in the plane Pope John Paul II confided to journalists
"I am seeking the Eternal Feminine".
Later, while commenting on the "prodigal son" he said: "In embracing the
son he (the father, image of God the Father) shows the profile of a mother".
Again the personal passion of a single pope? It also is. But it is more than that. If
John Paul says "I am seeking", then he admits that something essential is
missing in the teaching of the Church. Why not being satisfied with the glorious Mary
"Queen of Heaven?" for instance? No other faith is putting such an
emphasis on the feminine, and still.....this his longing for the real thing.
Where John Paul publicly stresses the fact that he is seeking.....it suggests that he
encourages others to go on with the quest. It is the papal authorization to explore the
Unknown, not hindered by existing Church paradigms, dogma's and traditions. The Pope
follows Jesus in being women-friendly in an outspoken way. It therefore originated from a
true Christian Heart.
It means that John Paul II wanted the faith to become renewed from its very roots. It
is as if Catholics always have sensed this feminine aspect of their Holy Father. It
underlines the wholeness of a person, a pre-requisite for true wisdom. Unfortunately, the
current Pope lacks this deepest insight about the nature of the Divine. It means, that we
can leave him out of our investigations.
So we go on where John Paul II has stopped. In fact, the Eternal Feminine Herself did
so already in 1977 where she revealed Herself to Her humble servant and through him to the
world. Never before She lifted Her veil to a human being. Not through idea's, intuitions,
images, visions, concepts, interpretations or other indirect means, no, it was through
direct Realization that She granted him Her ultimate Wisdom...