Wednesday, June 7, 2017

INFALLIBLY PROCLAIMED DOGMA ON OUR BLESSED MOTHER FROM POPE FRANCIS THIS SUMMER? WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?



Crux is reporting this:

 Pope Francis proclaiming a dogma of Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Mediator of all Graces and Advocate (this summer).
Assigning Mary those titles has long been a cherished cause of some elements on the Catholic right, which perhaps makes Francis an unlikely pontiff to actually deliver. On the other hand,  Francis has a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother, and, as a Latin American pastor, has a deep grasp of the centrality of Mary in traditional Catholic spirituality.
Moreover, proclaiming those Marian dogmas would also serve the political purpose of assuring the Catholic right that the pope isn’t hostile to them on principle - a point which might well do him some good in the present political climate inside the Church.

11 comments:

Gene said...

As a former Calvinist and life-long theology student, I would draw the line at "Co-Redemptrix."

Julian Barkin said...

That's ... nice, but this isn't exactly anything that isn't well known or needs an infallible statment on.

There are much better things or issues in the faith to use his powers in the Church for, or greater issues to attend to in this modern day.

Anonymous said...

He will never do it because it would infuriate his Protestant buddies. And the freemasons who forced out Pope Benedict and elected him.......Excuse me that was a slip. I meant to say the holy orthodox cardinals who elected him Supreme Pontiff probably wouldn't think it advantageous to do at this time.

Actually a greater service to the Church would be to remove the heretic head of the Jesuits and either reform that order or suppress it for good. The harm that the Jesuits have caused in the Church since Vatican II was greater than what Luther did.

Henry said...

Opposition to the long-standing title of Co-Redemptrix may stem from misunderstanding of its meaning.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/could-mary-be-getting-a-new-title-this-year-44675/

The title can be traced back to the 10th century, when some Marian litanies included the title of Mary as Redemptrix, along with her son. It was a development of the idea of Mary as the “New Eve,” a Marian title that has been used since the 2nd century. The prefix of “co-” was added by the 15th century, to clarify that Mary was not the Redeemer, but rather someone who uniquely cooperated in the work of redemption.

The Co-Redemptrix title never places Mary on a level of equality with Jesus Christ, the only divine Redeemer, as to do so would constitute both heresy and blasphemy,” the Association stated in a press release announcing the request.

“The Co-Redemptrix title is meaningless without Jesus the Redeemer, and in itself focuses upon the Cross of Jesus Christ. Mary Co-Redemptrix proclaims to the world that suffering is redemptive when united to the sufferings of Christ.”

Mark Thomas said...

With Father McDonald's permission...Part 1 of 2.

PRESS RELEASE: The International Marian Association

Published on January 4, 2017 by IMA Theological Commission in General Mariology

PRESS RELEASE: On January 1, 2017, the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association, an association of more than 100 theologians, bishops, priests, religious, and lay leaders from over 20 countries dedicated to the full truth and love of Mary, Mother of Jesus, has released a 10-page document entitled, The Role of Mary in Redemption: A Document of the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association.

This document respectfully requests that Pope Francis publicly acknowledge and honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the “Co-redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer” during the 2017 centenary anniversary of the Marian Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

A summary of the major points of the document produced by the 33 member Theological Commission is as follows:

1.Mary’s free consent to bring Jesus the Redeemer into the world (Lk. 1:38) began her unique participation with and under Jesus, in the mission of human Redemption.

2.Mary’s unique participation with Jesus in the work of Redemption is entirely dependent upon his infinite merits as the only divine Redeemer. Her sharing in the redemptive work of Jesus in no way obscures or diminishes his redemptive victory, but rather manifests its power and fruitfulness.

3.Mary’s participation in the Redemption is foreshadowed in the “woman” of Genesis 3:15 and her “seed” of victory, who will be victorious over Satan and his seed of sin and death. Mary’s Immaculate Conception prepares her to be the perfect human partner with Jesus the Redeemer.

4.Mary’s ongoing mission with her redeeming Son is given testimony at the Presentation (cf. Luke 2:35) and culminates at Calvary (cf. Jn. 19:25-27) where Mary shares in the intensity of Jesus’ suffering in her heart and consents to the “immolation of the victim born of her” (cf. Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, n. 58, 61)

5.The development of the doctrine of Mary’s Coredemption with Jesus within Tradition begins with the early Church concept of the “New Eve”; Mary’s united suffering with Jesus at Calvary and the “Redemptrix” title (10th century);

Mary’s compassion and being “co-crucified” with Jesus (12th century); the “Co-redemptrix” title (15th century); the “golden age” of Co-redemptrix (17th century), leading to its 19th century official teaching by the papal Magisterium and the repeated use of the Co-redemptrix title by Pope Pius XI and Pope St. John Paul II.

6.The Latin prefix “co” signifies “with” and not equal. The Co-redemptrix title never places Mary on a level of equality with Jesus Christ, the only divine Redeemer, as to do so would constitute both heresy and blasphemy.

The Co-redemptrix title is meaningless without Jesus the Redeemer, and in itself focuses upon the Cross of Jesus Christ. Mary Co-redemptrix proclaims to the world that suffering is redemptive when united to the sufferings of Christ.

7.The year 2017 commemorates the centenary anniversary of the historic apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, which is in itself constitutes a powerful manifestation of Our Lady’s Coredemption in action…

Pax.

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

With Father McDonald's permission...Part 2 of 2.

PRESS RELEASE: The International Marian Association

Published on January 4, 2017 by IMA Theological Commission in General Mariology
Therefore, we, as members of the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association, and in full obedience and fidelity to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, humbly request that during this 2017 Fatima centenary, and in continuity with the papal precedents of Pope Pius XI and Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Francis would kindly grant public recognition and honor to the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary for her unique human cooperation with the one divine Redeemer in the work of Redemption as “Co-redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer.”

We believe that a public acknowledgement of Mary’s true and continuous role with Jesus in the saving work of Redemption would justly celebrate the role of humanity in God’s saving plan and lead to the release of historic graces through an even more powerful exercise of Our Lady’s maternal roles of intercession for the Church and for all humanity today.
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Pax.

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

With Father McDonald's permission...Part 1 of 2.

PRESS RELEASE: The International Marian Association

Published on January 4, 2017 by IMA Theological Commission in General Mariology

PRESS RELEASE: On January 1, 2017, the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association, an association of more than 100 theologians, bishops, priests, religious, and lay leaders from over 20 countries dedicated to the full truth and love of Mary, Mother of Jesus, has released a 10-page document entitled, The Role of Mary in Redemption: A Document of the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association.

This document respectfully requests that Pope Francis publicly acknowledge and honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the “Co-redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer” during the 2017 centenary anniversary of the Marian Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

A summary of the major points of the document produced by the 33 member Theological Commission is as follows:

1.Mary’s free consent to bring Jesus the Redeemer into the world (Lk. 1:38) began her unique participation with and under Jesus, in the mission of human Redemption.

2.Mary’s unique participation with Jesus in the work of Redemption is entirely dependent upon his infinite merits as the only divine Redeemer. Her sharing in the redemptive work of Jesus in no way obscures or diminishes his redemptive victory, but rather manifests its power and fruitfulness.

3.Mary’s participation in the Redemption is foreshadowed in the “woman” of Genesis 3:15 and her “seed” of victory, who will be victorious over Satan and his seed of sin and death. Mary’s Immaculate Conception prepares her to be the perfect human partner with Jesus the Redeemer.

4.Mary’s ongoing mission with her redeeming Son is given testimony at the Presentation (cf. Luke 2:35) and culminates at Calvary (cf. Jn. 19:25-27) where Mary shares in the intensity of Jesus’ suffering in her heart and consents to the “immolation of the victim born of her” (cf. Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, n. 58, 61)

5.The development of the doctrine of Mary’s Coredemption with Jesus within Tradition begins with the early Church concept of the “New Eve”; Mary’s united suffering with Jesus at Calvary and the “Redemptrix” title (10th century);

Mary’s compassion and being “co-crucified” with Jesus (12th century); the “Co-redemptrix” title (15th century); the “golden age” of Co-redemptrix (17th century), leading to its 19th century official teaching by the papal Magisterium and the repeated use of the Co-redemptrix title by Pope Pius XI and Pope St. John Paul II.

6.The Latin prefix “co” signifies “with” and not equal. The Co-redemptrix title never places Mary on a level of equality with Jesus Christ, the only divine Redeemer, as to do so would constitute both heresy and blasphemy.

The Co-redemptrix title is meaningless without Jesus the Redeemer, and in itself focuses upon the Cross of Jesus Christ. Mary Co-redemptrix proclaims to the world that suffering is redemptive when united to the sufferings of Christ.

7.The year 2017 commemorates the centenary anniversary of the historic apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, which is in itself constitutes a powerful manifestation of Our Lady’s Coredemption in action…
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Pax.

Mark Thomas

rcg said...

Henry, thanks for that. I was channeling my inner Gene wondering what was up. So this could lead to a meditation on "fiat mihi verbum secundum" and what choice did Mary have and could she have chosen not to be the hand maid of the Lord. That is a twist on one of my favourite meditations.

Gene said...

The term co-redemptrix `is dangerously close to co-Redeemer in the understanding of most people. It is bad theology, even from a Catholic standpoint...a sort of back-door Arianism and, no matter how you slice it, the implication is that Christ's sacrifice is not sufficient or that it needs enhancing somehow. Mary should be treated as a Saint and nothing more.

Mark Thomas said...

Conclusion...

PRESS RELEASE: The International Marian Association

Published on January 4, 2017 by IMA Theological Commission in General Mariology

Therefore, we, as members of the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association, and in full obedience and fidelity to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, humbly request that during this 2017 Fatima centenary, and in continuity with the papal precedents of Pope Pius XI and Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Francis would kindly grant public recognition and honor to the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary for her unique human cooperation with the one divine Redeemer in the work of Redemption as “Co-redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer.”

We believe that a public acknowledgement of Mary’s true and continuous role with Jesus in the saving work of Redemption would justly celebrate the role of humanity in God’s saving plan and lead to the release of historic graces through an even more powerful exercise of Our Lady’s maternal roles of intercession for the Church and for all humanity today.
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Pax.

Mark Thomas

rcg said...

Gene, as Henry explained it, I have no trouble with it because it is through Mary's complete obedience to God that He entered the world. When I was 13 I was freaked out by the term "Mother of God". This was probably because we were studying Greek and Roman mythology and the Titans. Only after Many years have I come to not only appreciate it, but to be exited by the concept. For just as Eve condemned our race by choice Mary chose to participate in our redemption and brought God into the world as Man. Although her soul was immaculatly concieved she retained her free will. The Father hit the master reset and minted one more perfect human soul. She had a choice and did the right one.