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A Fifth Marian Dogma?

6 Jun

We recently received this inquiry via email:

What is the status of the fifth Marian dogma? How is it that Our Lady has asked that this dogma be proclaimed and we hear next to nothing about it? Is it even being considered? What’s the problem?

The question correctly implies that there are four teachings regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary that are already considered “dogmas” of the faith (see Catechism, nos. 88-90). They are:

(1) Mary as “Mother of God” or “God-bearer” (Theotokos), as solemnly defined at the Council of Ephesus in 431.

(2) Mary’s Perpetual Virginity (“Ever virgin”), as defined by Pope St. Martin I and local Church councils in the seventh century. It was accepted without question in the third ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 681 and reaffirmed at several subsequent councils.

(3) Mary’s Immaculate Conception, that she was conceived without the stain of original of sin (Catechism, no. 491), as formally defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854 in a document entitled Ineffabilis Deus.

(4) Mary’s Assumption into heaven (Catechism, no. 966), as formally defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950 in a document entitled Munificentissum Deus.  

In recent times, there has been speculation about a fifth Marian dogma on Mary’s role as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. These titles summarize Mary’s role as our spiritual mother, and are part of the constant teaching of the Church. Continue reading