The motherhood of the Church: Mary, the Quotidian and the people of God

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Abstract

The short title of my PhD thesis was "The Church as Mother." Those who hear this often respond, "Oh, you're doing a thesis on Mary." This is a natural connection as Mary, the theotokos, is the "Mother of God." At Vatican II, she was additionally named "Mother of the Church" and its ecclesiatype (LG 63). However, to me this response was frustrating since the motherhood of the Church both antedates and transcends its modeling through Mary's maternity. We need only look to the use of Mater Ecclesia by early patristic writers such as Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Cyprian, but also at the early baptismal fonts of the second through to the fifth centuries, to realize this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCatholic women speak
Subtitle of host publicationBringing our gifts to the table
EditorsCatholic Women Speak Network
Place of PublicationMahwah, New Jersey
PublisherPaulist Press
Pages32-36
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781587686030
ISBN (Print)9780809149742
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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