25.10.10

Synergism & Catholicism II

This synergistic character of the cult of Mary has become more and more evident, especially since the titles of co-redeemer and mediatrix of all graces have been given to her. Since Benedict XV, a feast and mass of Maria mediatrix omnium gratiarum (May 31) have been granted to many dioceses, and the proclamation of the corresponding dogma is demanded by a growing number of Catholics.

From This Is My Body, Luther's Contention for the Real Presence in the Sacrament of the Altar (Original edition published by Augsburg, Minneapolis 1959; quote taken from 'Revised Australian Edition', Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide 1977, p.17, footnote 8.)

Note: A few years after Sasse's words were published, the Vatican II document Lumen gentium referred to Mary has Christians' "Mediatrix", a title which was repeated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994). John Paul II often referred to Mary as "co-redemptrix" in his public utterences, a belief apparently shared by Benedict XVI, given his occasional references, since ascending the papal throne, to Mary as "co-operating in the mystery of our redemption". it is known that several million signatures have been collected in petition for this belief to be defined as a dogma, but ecumenical considerations seem to have prevented that from happening to date (see http://www.zenit.org/article-5650?l=english).

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