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Excerpt: Matthew Fox's "Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times"

Author Matthew Fox is the popular and controversial theologian and author of more than 25 books that expose the corruption and patriarchal hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and invite us to return to a more mystical experience of Christianity. He is founder and director of the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA. A member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, Fox was silenced by the Vatican in 1989 and formally dismissed in 1993. Now an Episcopal minister, he travels extensively, sharing his radical vision of a Christianity that leans toward mysticism rather than orthodoxy, Divine Feminism rather than patriarchy.The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of his book, Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times. Who is Hildegard?Who is this woman who sang that "all of creation is a symphony of joy and jubilation"?Who is this woman who got herself and her entire abbey interdicted—a kind of group excommunication—by the archbishop for a full year when she was eighty years old?Who is this woman who saw in a vision that a young and beautiful woman is  …

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