Faith/Spirituality Forum: Mother Church

Mother Church QUESTION from Aaron September 20, 2001 Why do we call the Roman Catholic Church as Our Mother Church? Is there any distinction or connection between the 'Father' and the 'Mother'?
Thanks and God bless! Confused Aaron.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on September 28, 2001 Dear Mr. Aaron:
Good question.
The Church is the Bride of Christ. Christ is the Bridegroom. Since the Church is the Bride (feminine image) and because it is through the Church that we are born into the Kingdom of God through baptismal waters ( like the waters of the womb), the Church is in the Mother image. God is our Father, the Church is our Mother in this imagery.
God Bless.
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