Cardinals Hoping for a 5th Marian Dogma -
ZENIT reports on a letter sent by
five cardinals, inviting prelates worldwide to join in petitioning Pope
Benedict XVI to declare a fifth Marian dogma, proclaiming Mary as Mother
of humanity, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate for the human race.
Letter Promoting Marian Dogma -
Five Cardinal Co-sponsors
This is an English translation
of the letter written by the five cardinal co-sponsors of the Fatima
Symposium on Marian Co-redemption and sent to the world's bishops and
cardinals asking them to sign a petition that asks Benedict XVI to
proclaim Mary as the Spiritual Mother of Humanity. The letter was sent 1
Mary Cooperates in God's Saving Plan - Pope John Paul II
At the General Audience of 12 January 2000, the Holy Father reflected on
Mary's place in our journey to the Father, who "desired Mary's presence
in salvation history". The Virgin Mother has a mediating role, but one
subordinate to the Saviour's. Her cooperation is founded on Christ's
mediation and her sharing in his work takes nothing from him as the
Mary United Herself to Jesus' Offering - Pope John Paul II
"With our gaze illumined by the radiance of the Resurrection, we pause
to reflect on the Mother's involvement in her Son's redeeming Passion,
which was completed by her sharing in his suffering", the Holy Father
said at the General Audience of 2 April 1997, as he reflected on Mary's
participation in the mystery of Redemption and her presence at the foot
of the Cross.
Mary's Cooperation Is Totally Unique - Pope John Paul II
At the General Audience of 9 April 1997, the Holy Father continued his
catechesis on the role of the Blessed Mother, calling attention to her
unique "role of co-operator in the Redemption, which she exercised
throughout her life and in a special way at the foot of the Cross."
the Disciple He Said, Behold Your Mother - Pope John Paul II
"The universal motherhood of Mary, the 'Woman' of the wedding at Cana
and of Calvary, recalls Eve, 'mother of all living' (Gn 3:20). However,
while the latter helped to bring sin into the world, the new Eve, Mary,
co-operates in the saving event of Redemption." So said the Holy Father
at the General Audience of 23 April 1997.
Mary's Cooperation in Work of Redemption: Present
State of the Question -
Salvatore M. Perrella, O.S.M.
In the context of many requests for the Holy Father to define
"ex cathedra" the Marian dogmas of Mediatrix, Coredemptrix and Advocate,
Fr. Perrella explains the declaration of August 1996 from the Pontifical
Marian Academy meeting at Czestochowa. The Academy is an organ of advice
to the Holy See and does not speak authoritatively.
Marian Dogma? - L'Osservatore Romano
An editorial of L'Osservatore Romano, following upon the
declaration of the Pontifical Marian Academy of August 1996, against the
definition of new Marian dogmas, that is, Mediatrix, Coredemptrix and
5th Dogma a
Marian Antidote - ZENIT
An antidote to the challenges facing the Church and society today is the
glorification of Mary through the proclamation of a fifth Marian dogma,
says Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. In
this interview with ZENIT, Cardinal Vithayathil comments on the effect
the proclamation of the dogma could have on interreligious and
ecumenical dialogue, and the possible fruits he foresees could result.
Gibson's Passion and Mary Co-redemptrix
- Dr. Mark Miravalle
Dr. Miravalle, Professor of Theology
and Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, shows how Mel
Gibson, in his film, The Passion of the Christ, portrays Our Lady
as Co-Redemptrix in a uniquely effective manner.