Spiritual Mother of All Humanity

DEVOTION to our Blessed Lady is an aspect of Catholicism that is distinctive and dear to many of the Faithful in Scotland, so much so that the SCO is working with Dr Harry Schnitker to dedicate a full 12 months of features to Mary the Mother of God this year.

It is pleasing to God and it gives Him glory when we honor those who excelled in love of Him and this is particularly true when it comes to honoring the Mother of Jesus.

It was of great interest, therefore, to see that the Vatican Forum is to host a discussion on Feast of Annunciation as to whether the time is ripe for a fifth Marian Dogma.

Panelists for the March 25 Day of Dialogue will include Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Philippines, president of the Marian-Mariological Society of the Philippines, Carmelite Father Enrique Llamas, president of the Mariological Society of Spain. Also presenting will be Dr Judith Gentle, Anglican theologian, author, and member of Our Lady of Walsingham Mariological Society from the United Kingdom.

The theological reflection of the Church has come to grant special titles to Mary, to make clearer who she is, and why she is worthy of our filial devotion.
The Church has proclaimed four dogmas regarding the Mother of Jesus: her maternal role in the birth of Christ, the Son of God, making her truly Mother of God (‘Theotokos,’ Council of Ephesus, 431); her Perpetual Virginity (First Lateran Council, 649);  her Immaculate Conception (Pius IX, ‘ex cathedra’ proclamation, 1854); and  her Assumption into heaven (Pius XII, ‘ex cathedra’ proclamation, 1950).

A growing movement in the Church in favour of the proclamation of a 5th Marian dogma regarding the role of the Blessed Virgin as the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity.

A distinction between adoration and veneration, and the unique veneration due to Mary, is discussed clearly in the following quote from the Second Vatican Council document, Lumen Gentium (66):

“This [veneration of Mary], as it has always existed in the Church, for all its uniqueness, differs essentially from the [worship] of adoration, which is offered equally to the Incarnate Word and to the Father and to the Holy Spirit, and it is most favorable to it. The various forms of piety towards the Mother of God, which the Church has approved within the limits of sound and orthodox doctrine, according to the dispositions and understanding of the faithful, ensure that while the mother is honored, the Son—through whom all things have their being (cf. Col 1:15-16) and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell (cf. Col1:19)—is rightly known, loved, and glorified, and his commandments are observed.”

For more information on the fifth Marian dogma, visit: http://www.zenit.org/article-28508?l=english


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