Interesting to compare the Holy Father’s comments about the invalidity of calling God “Mother” with this promotional video for Ebenezer Lutheran Church (“Her Church”) in San Francisco.
Also it is interesting that the Holy Father expressly said that “we can only tentatively seek to understand” why the Scriptures avoid using feminine pronouns, titles and forms of address for God, even while employing feminine imagery; nevertheless “even if we cannot provide any absolutely compelling arguments, the prayer language of the bible remains normative for us”.
Here again we find the distinction that Sara Butler makes (in her book about why the Church only ordains men) between “explanations” and “fundamental reasons”.
Of course, how we address God has consequences for our whole liturgical and spiritual life. One of the consequences of going wobbly or flakey on this point is that you end up with women priests. Ebenezer Lutheran Church has gone so wobbly that it is a wonder it is still standing…