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Ask Fr. Francis: When we say “Mother of God”, should we be saying, “Mother of God’s Son ” instead?

The following is an excerpt from askfrfrancis.orgFr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.

Question: 

When we say “Mother of God”, should we be saying, “Mother of God’s Son ” instead ?

Fr. Francis' answer:

Mary’s title “Mother of God”

This one is ancient, dated back to the early Church. It is called the “Nestorian heresy”. Nestorius claimed that “Mother of God” or “Theotokos” in Greek, bestows divinity on Mary and so cannot be accepted. He proposed “Mother of Jesus”. This was definitively defeated at the Council of Chalcedon.

Jesus is both God and man, completely man and yet completely God; the two cannot be divided...

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