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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Show 33 - Matthew Fox

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Expelled from the church for calling God 'Mother'
In 1993, Dominican Priest Matthew Fox was expelled by future Pope Benedict XVI, for 'disobedience'. Among the issues Fox was asked to defend were that he was a feminist theologian; he called God "Mother"; he preferred the concept of Original Blessing over Original Sin; he worked too closely with Native American spiritual practices and he did not condemn homosexuality.

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed theologian working in the creation spirituality tradition of Christianity. He is the best-selling author of 30 books, including most recently Occupy Spirituality which he has co-authored with young activist Adam Bucko and which Matthew describes as 'a call to action for a new era of spirituality- infused activism'. In this powerful interview, Matthew talks openly about the suppression of the feminine in the Church and what can be done to restore the feminine to her rightful place, he talks about the new Pope and his hopes for change, and how he has sought to explore the experiential side of religion.

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