Aparecida 268: Mary, Human Mother

Some may recoil a bit at the suggestion of sexism, but there’s no doubt that function and bureaucracy could often use a softening and tenderness:

268. As in the human family, the Church-family is generated around a Mother, who confers “soul” and tenderness on shared family life.(Puebla 295) Mary, Mother of the Church, and model and paradigm of humanity, is shaper of communion. One of the fundamental events of the Church is when the “yes” sprang forth from Mary. She draws multitudes to communion with Jesus and his Church, as we often experience at Marian shrines. Hence, the Church, like the Virgin Mary, is mother. This Marian vision of the church is the best antidote to a merely functional or bureaucratic Church.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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