In This Issue

John Paul II, Fatima, and the Fifth Marian Dogma

My Marian journey began in 1960 when the Catholic world was waiting for Pope John XXIII to reveal the third secret of Fatima. Now, as we start the third millennium, there is again an eager anticipation among God’s people of an imminent theophany when God will manifest His presence to save His people. John Paul II, in his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, expressed this sentiment when he said that Our Lady’s words to the children of Fatima seem close to their fulfillment. The victory, he said, when it comes, shall be brought by Mary.

His elaborate preparation for the Great Jubilee Year that he called the hermeneutical key and the defining point of his pontificate is without doubt in anticipation of this victory.


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Marian Coredemption and the “Analogia Fidei”

In 1728, Benedict XIII (Pietro Francesco Orsini), a Dominican known both as a follower of St. Thomas and of St. Augustine,1{footnote}Cf. G. Cardill o, Benedetto XIII e il giansenismo, in Memorie domenicane 58 (1941) 217-222, and 59 (1942) 38-43; G. Vignato, Storia di Benedetto XIII, 7 vols., Milan 1953-1972; R. Laurentin, Le titre de Corèdemptrice. Etude historique, Rome-Paris 1951: here p. 48 where Laurentin quotes these words of thanks of Benedict XIII: “gratitudine non meno verso il nostro amatissimo Redentore, che verso la nostra anche amantissima Corredentrice,” taken from a work of Pope Benedict XIII, Sermoni sopra la vita della gloriosissima Vergine, Benevento-Florence 1728, p. 368.  {/footnote}  with his authority as theologian and Pope, set on an identical level “our most beloved Redeemer” and “also our most beloved Coredemptrix.” The text has a relevance of its own within the historical study of the title Coredemptrix,…

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Mary Co-redemptrix: The What and the Why

In simple, yet poetic and profound language the third chapter of the Book of Genesis narrates the story of the fall of man. Three creatures play the major roles in this momentous drama: the serpent, the woman and the man. The serpent beguiles. The woman who was given to the man as his helpmate lets herself be beguiled and the man follows suit. The story seems deceptively simple, but it has monumental implications. The man, Adam, is the progenitor and head of the human family. The woman, Eve, is his companion. As partners they are equal, but they have different roles. He is the head of his wife and the head of the human family. “The whole human race is in Adam ‘as one body of one man.’ By this ‘unity of the human race’ all men are implicated in Adam’s sin” (1).

At the same time it…

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Sr. Lucia and Mary Co-redemptrix

After the inspired Word of Sacred Scripture and the doctrinal grace of the Catholic Catechism, I believe the third book that every Fatima devotee should have close at hand is the book of Sister Lucia, “Calls” From the Message of Fatima, which was released in English in 2002. A work truly directed by the Holy Spirit through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, “Calls” From the Message of Fatima constitutes a veritable Marian catechism of faith and life, written in a down to earth mode, which can be grasped by all members of the Faith and all people of good will. I have no personal doubt that Sister Lucia’s recent masterpiece will eventually become a spiritual classic, rightfully identified as the fruits of a mystic and of a saint.

This veritable Fatima catechism which includes inspired treatments on “In the Presence of…

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The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Cooperation in the Redemption: An Ecumenical Perspective

In his classic work on heaven and hell, The Great Divorce, my famous Anglican confrere, C.S. Lewis, provides a vivid depiction of what hell is like. He describes it as a town where all the inhabitants are quarrelsome. Their quarrels with one another are so constant that they are continually moving from house to house and from street to street to get away from one another. This moving away from one another has been going on for so long that no one would think seriously about turning around and going back to the center from which they each came. All of the inhabitants have built houses that please them individually without ever realizing that they have needs that only living in proximity with others can fulfill (1). In Lewis’ words, “The trouble is they have no needs. You get everything you want just by imagining it. That’s why…

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Our Lady of Sorrows and Her Ongoing Significance

The following is a re-print of a Sept. 13, 2003, interview conducted by Zenit Catholic News Service with Dr. Miravalle regarding the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.– Asst. Ed.

Steubenville, Ohio (Zenit.org)–The liturgical feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is a day with as much relevance as ever, says a noted Mariologist.Mark Miravalle, professor of theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, is author of a new book entitled, “With Jesus: The Story of Mary Co-redemptrix” (Queenship Publishing). 

Miravalle: In the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, we commemorate the unparalleled human sufferings experienced by the Virgin Mary in her unique role with Jesus in the mission of redemption. 

In Salvifici Doloris, No. 25, John Paul II describes these shared sufferings by Christ’s Mother, particularly during their climactic moments at the foot of the cross, as reaching an “intensity which…

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Mary and the Fathers of the Church

The following article is an excerpt from the recently published Marian anthology, Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons, Seat of Wisdom Books, A Division of Queenship, 2008. Fifteen international Mariology experts contributed to the text. The book features a foreword by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke and has 17 chapters divided into four parts: 1. Mary in Scripture and the Early Church; 2. Marian Dogma; 3. Marian Doctrine; and 4. Marian Liturgy and Devotion. The book is now available from Queenship Publications. To obtain a copy, visit queenship.org. Visit books.google.com and search on "Mariology: A Guide" to view the book in its entirety, or simply click here.
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The Franciscan School and Marian Coredemption in the Church and for the Church

The following is a selection taken from the recently published Mary at the Foot of the Cross – Vol. IX. – Asst. Ed.

Since the last decade of the twentieth century, Mariology, and particularly that part of it known as Marian soteriology, has thoroughly dealt with the subject of Marian Coredemption. To many, it is becoming ever more evident that, with the maturing of this soteriological theme, a fundamental step forward in our knowledge and understanding of the saving mission of the Virgin Mother in the Church has become possible. The truth about this saving mission is deeply rooted in the two primary sources of Revelation – Sacred Scripture and the Church’s perennial Tradition – a truth borne out by the Magisterium of the Church and by the sensus fidelium of the People of God, ever sensitive to all that…

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Fatima 2017 Petition Drive for the Fifth Marian Dogma

During the 2017 centenary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the international Marian Movement, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, is initiating a 2017 worldwide petition drive for the “Fifth Marian Dogma”: the solemn definition of Mary as Spiritual Mother of humanity by our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Since the beginning of the Church movement for the papal definition of Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood by Cardinal Mercier in 1915, millions of petitions have been sent to the Vatican in support of this dogmatic crown for the Mother of Jesus, who was personally given to us by Jesus to be our Spiritual Mother (Jn. 19:26).

Now, during this monumental year of Marian grace, we ask all the faithful and people of good will to send a brief personal letter to Pope Francis in humble request of his prayerful consideration to define Mary as the “Spiritual Mother of humanity” under its three essential aspects as…

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