Archive | Apologetics
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Dec

A Response to 7 Common Objections – Part I

PART 1 On December 23, 2000, The New York Times ran a major story on the international Catholic movement Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, which is seeking to encourage the papal definition of the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate.” Existing Catholic teaching of Mary as a Co­redemptrix refers to the […]

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Dec

A Response to 7 Common Objections – Part 2

PART 2 Objection 4: To call Mary a co-redemptrix or to call Christians in general “co-redeemers” is to have a human being actively participate in redemption, which is a divine or, more specifically, a “theandric” activity, accomplished by Jesus Christ in his divine and human natures alone, and thus forbidden by Christianity. Such would only […]

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Dec

A Response to 7 Common Objections – Part 3

PART 3 Objection 6: On a more speculative theological level, it appears that Mary cannot participate in the acquisition of the graces of redemption (or “objective redemption”) as the Co-redemptrix when she herself needed to be redeemed. If she did cooperate in objective redemption, it is because without her objective redemption has not been accomplished. […]

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14
Dec

FAQ #1 – Where is that in Scripture?

Do we find support for the proposed dogma of Mary Coredemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate in Scripture? The Redemption The salvation of humanity was accomplished by God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The Passion and Death of Christ, our sole Redeemer, was not only sufficient but “superabundant” satisfaction for human guilt and the […]

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Dec

FAQ #2 – Church Fathers?

Do we find support for this proposed dogma in the faith of the early Church? Coredemptrix in the early Church Mary’s coredemptive role with our Lord in the work of redemption emerges as an important theme in the early Church, beginning with Sts. Justin and Irenaeus in the second century. They used the image of […]

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Dec

FAQ #3 – Rationale for Dogma?

What is the rationale for this dogma? The Council Fathers of Vatican II state manifestly that their treatment of the Mother of Jesus does not constitute a “complete doctrine on Mary,” for such was not their intention. The need for greater theological clarification and development in order to complete the doctrine on Mary is therefore […]

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Dec

FAQ #4 – Detract from Jesus?

Does the designation of Mary as Coredemptrix or Mediatrix of all graces detract from the uniqueness and all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ, the one Redeemer and the one Mediator? Jesus Christ as true God and true man redeems the human family, while Mary as Coredemptrix participates with the Redeemer in his one perfect Sacrifice in a […]

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Dec

FAQ #5 – Ecumenism?

What effect will this dogma have on ecumenism? The goal of authentic Catholic ecumenism, as Pope John Paul II reminds us in Ut Unum Sint, n. 77, is to restore full visible unity among all Christians in the fullness of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith: “The greater mutual understanding and the doctrinal convergences already achieved […]

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Dec

FAQ #6 – Magisterium?

What does the Magisterium of the Church think of the proposal for this dogma? There have not been any official statements in the magisterium of the present Pontiff specifically referring to if or when he will declare this dogma, nor should we expect such a statement until the Vicar of Christ is ready to make […]

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14
Dec

FAQ #7 – Why Now?

What is the urgency for this dogma? The dogma will clarify and define the content of the Catholic Faith, especially as the ordinary magisterial teachings on Mary Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate are currently being undermined in certain quarters within the Church. The contemporary frenzy of media misinformation in the Catholic press regarding these roles manifest […]

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