|Goddess (Photo credit: junibears)|
For years now I've been reading the works of Matthew Fox,a former Dominican priest who was silenced by the Vatican.
This is taken from an interview he gave a few years ago:
I think that the return of the Goddess is one of the most important
movements of today's hope.... the Goddess represents the Divinecreativity in everybody ... if we have just a male image of God, that
legitimizes the other patriarchal privileges and oppression - includingmen towards men - that goes on in the culture. So obviously we need
gender justice in our divinities.
A few weeks ago I signed up for an online week-end seminar he wasleading. Unfortunately the first speaker I listened to wasn't Matthew Fox.
But Matthew Fox was there and I felt betrayed.
In the space of one hour the speaker told the audience of mostly women
know this is sexist but I insist on a literal translation of this [ancient] text.)
I don't give churchy men a second chance anymore. I've heard this kind
it isn't ancient enough.
Shortly after the week-end ended Matthew Fox tweeted this:
of this masculine domination….Reason has to be 'married' to intuition;
it has to learn to surrender itself for the deeper intuitions of the spirit...
from the presence of the Spirit in the depths of the soul. -Bede Griffiths
Normally I would be far too intimidated to reply to such a famous
intellectual but I couldn't stop myself. I was far too angry.
Surprisingly he answered me right away:
@frazzee1 Bede is talking about the need to include right brain and intuition and spiritual practice to counterbalance left brain rationality. There was LOTS of that this weekend--surely the entire Sat aft practice with the Cosmic Christ icons; the Cosmic Christ itself; the chants. My talks on Jesus as a mystic/prophet living out the four paths of creation spirituality and the recesses of his soul. - Matthew Fox
I thought Bede was talking about the suppression of women and
But Matthew Fox didn't ask me where I had gotten lost.
Anyway, somewhere in the middle of this struggle of mine I readMagaly's blog that spoke about how angry she was when she learned
that there was a host of Anglicans who were adopting pagan practiceshoping to bring more people back to the church.
Her many Pagan blog readers were angry too.
Actually angry isn't the right word but is there a word in the Englishlanguage to describe feelings that have built up over 5,000 years?
I decided to throw in my two cents.
I said not to worry, Jesus would have accepted Pagans because that'sjust the kind of guy he was but the Anglican Church would not.
The funny thing is that it wasn't until yesterday when I read that Dr. Fox,former Dominican now ordained Anglican priest, is giving another talk
did I put the two together.
My own words came back and stuck in my craw.
Because they were true.
The Church (be it Catholic, Anglican or any other denomination) will neverend gender discrimination.
I need to regroup.