Should we change our pronouns for God?
Using male language for God shapes the way we think about the men and women of the church and their roles within it.

“Even if we say God is neither male nor female, to call God ‘him’ guides our internal reasoning. And if God is male, then male is better than female,” says writer Meghan Murphy-Gill. “More powerful. And therefore entitled to that power and the consequences of it (read: the abuse of it in ministry).”

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1. What pronouns do you use for God?
2. When I pray in church, I sometimes use female pronouns instead of the male ones written into the liturgy.
3. I have trouble imagining God as anything other than male.
4. The sex abuse crisis has made me reconsider the language I use to address God.
5. Clergy sex abuse has nothing to do with language about God.
6. Women would be more valued in church and society if we stopped using exclusively male language for God.
7. I would welcome new liturgical language for God.
8. The language we use in church affects how I imagine God in my own personal prayer.
9. I use male pronouns for God because Jesus was male.
10. I have heard a priest at Mass use a non-gendered pronoun for God.
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