Archive for the ‘Mary’ Category

Marian Dogmas believed on authority of the church not scripture

May 11, 2010

Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces because of her intercession for us in heaven. What this means is that no grace accrues to us without her intercession. We are not to suppose that we are obliged to ask for all graces through her or that her intercession is intrinsically necessary for the application of graces. Instead, through God’s will, grace is not conferred on anyone without Mary’s cooperation. True, scriptural proofs for this are lacking. Theologians refer to a mystical interpretation of John 19:26 (“Woman behold thy son, son behold thy mother”), an interpretation that sees John as the representative of the human race, Mary thus becoming the spiritual mother. They note the doctrine is reasonable because it is fitting. This is little consolation to fundamentalists, of course, who see little fitting about it and who put little stock in speculative theology and even less in mystical theology. As a practical matter, this kind of doctrine is one of the last accepted by someone approaching the Church, particularly someone coming to the Church from fundamentalism, and it is accepted, ultimately, on the authority of the Church rather than on the authority of clear scriptural references.

Karl Keating (Catholic apologist), Catholicism and Fundamentalism, p 279

The last sentence should read: “on the authority of ANY scriptural references” but that would be an even more damning admission.

Mary grants mercy from Jesus the judge, according to Rome

May 11, 2010

St. Anselm, to increase our confidence, adds, that ‘when we have recourse to this divine Mother, not only we may be sure of her protection, but that often we shall be heard more quickly, and be thus preserved, if we have recourse to Mary and call on her holy name, than we should be if we called on the name of Jesus our Saviour,’ and the reason he gives for it is, ‘that to Jesus as a judge, it belongs to punish; but mercy alone belongs to the Blessed Virgin as a patroness.

Liguori, in James White, The Roman Catholic Controversy, Bethany, 1996, p.216

Mary a co-redeemer (according to Rome)

May 11, 2010

Leo XIII: “When Mary offered herself completely to God together with her Son in the temple, she was already sharing with him the painful atonement on behalf of the human race … (at the foot of the cross) shew as (she was) a co-worker with Christ in His expiation for mankind and she offered up her Son to the divine justice dying with him in her heart.”

Pius XI: “Mary, by giving us Christ the Redeemer, and by rearing him, and by offering him at the foot of the cross as Victim for our sins, by such intimate association with Christ, and by her own most singular grace, became and is affectionately known as Reparatrix.”

Benedict XV: “Thus she [Mary] suffered and all but died along with her Son suffering and dying—thus for the salvation of men she abdicated the rights of a mother toward her son, and insofar as it was hers to do, she immolated the Son to placate God’s justice, so that she herself may justly be said to have redeemed together with Christ the human race.”

Pius IX: “With her Son, the Only-begotten, she is the most powerful Mediatrix and Conciliatrix of the whole world.”

William Webster: “According to papal authority Mary co-operates with Christ in redemption by personal merit, satisfaction, sacrifice and in offering a personal ransom price and she is now the one authorized to dispense the grace of salvation to men” (The Church of Rome at the Bar of History, pp. 86-87).

as no man goeth to the Father but by the Son, so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother

May 11, 2010

With equal truth may it be also affirmed that, by the will of God, Mary is the intermediary through whom is distributed unto us this immense treasure of mercies gathered by God, for mercy and truth were created by Jesus Christ. Thus as no man goeth to the Father but by the Son, so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother. …

Pope Leo XIII encyclical, September 22, 1891