Ought Catholics to refer to God as Mother?

My daughter attends Catholic School and her religion book (Breakthrough Bible for Young Catholics by St. Mary’s Press) - It reads - God has many names - Creator, Eternal Friend etc… God the Father and sometimes God as Mother. It then encourages the children to make up their own names for God and say them over the course of day and think about what they means.

Is this a correct teaching?

Hi,

No; this is not correct teaching. Jesus never referred to God as anything but “Father.” Further, He never left it up to us as to what we should call God. He specifically told us to address Him as “Father.” (Lk. 11:1-2) Case closed!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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