Two decades after being expelled as a priest of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox has continued to challenge the doctrines of the Catholic Church with books including last year's The Pope's War, and his teaching of Creation Spirituality. The author of 30 books, Fox has also been an advocate of education reform, working with young people to develop a more holistic approach to learning. S&H columnist Rabbi Rami Shapiro spoke with Fox about his work.Rabbi Rami Shapiro: I know you have a deep interest in the Divine Feminine and the women mystics of the Church, and have just finished a new book on Hildegard of Bingen, an amazing German Catholic abbess of the 12th century. Tell us a bit about that.Matthew Fox: The book is called Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times, Unleashing her Power in the 21st Century, and it’s my third book on her, actually. This fall, the Church will declare her a saint and Doctor of the Church — only the fourth woman to hold that title — and I felt it was important to celebrate her life and thought and not leave all the “spin” up to the present-day Vatican, for whom she …
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler," addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more.
He has this to say about religion: "To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence."
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