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Public Lecture: Fr Martin Badenhorst (5 July 2017, 19h00)
Fr Martin Badenhorst, OP
THE LOST MOTHERHOOD OF GOD:
ST HILDEGARD OF BINGEN, MARTIN LUTHER AND US
By calling God ‘Father’, the language of faith indicates two main things:
that God is the first origin of everything and transcendent authority; and that He is at the same time goodness and loving care for all His children. God's parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasises God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature”
(Catechism of Catholic Church §239).
And yet throughout the history of Christianity the maternal image of God
has been overshadowed by the patriarchal images of God.
The talk will outline this journey of loss and take hope in the elements of recovery.
The focus will be on two historic figures: St Hildegard of Bingen and Martin Luther.
Both Hildegard in her visions and Luther with the insistence on the primacy
of the priesthood of all believers (male and female) realised clearly that
to lose the maternal image of God is to suffer loss of the transcendent.
God’s lost motherhood lies at the spiritual core of some of our deficiencies as church institutions.
This is why the task of recovering the maternal image of God cannot be overestimated.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 19:00
St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB
*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated
Fr Martin Badenhorst, OP, is a member of the Pietermaritzburg Priory and member of the Vice-provincial council. He belongs to the Order of Preachers and is a member of the South Africa Vice-Province. Fr Martin is a former lecturer and former head of the department of Theology at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara. He lectured in Hebrew Scriptures, World Religions and Systematics. In Rome he was student and part-time lecturer for five years at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas. He will be lecturing our MPhil Students in “Ecumenism and Inter-Faith Dialogue” during the first week of July 2017. He has many years of pastoral experience, having been a Parish Priest of St Dominic’s Catholic Church in Welkom as well as Our Lady Cause of Joy in Bronville, Welkom, as well as assistant pastor at St Dominic’s, Red Barns, Newcastle-on-Tyne, St Charles, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, St Peter’s, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Heilig Kreuz, Augsburg, Germany. He relishes living the dream of his calling to spread the Word of God. Among his many talents is computer network design and occasional broadcasting for Radio Veritas and Radio Sonder Grense. His hobbies include astronomy and astrophotography.