Mary and the Church:
Mary and the World (ecumenism) Reformation Churches

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Documents IV. Mary and the Church
6b. Mary and the World (ecumenism) Reformation Churches
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation [history, excesses and polemics] 103-104
  • We are convinced that all Christians share a basic reverence for the Mother of Jesus, a veneration deeper than doctrinal differences and theological disputes. We share a common past. Together we accept the Gospel respect for the Mother of Jesus, handmaid of the Lord, woman of faith, model of prayer, servant of the Spirit. 106
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • Praising God with the very words of the Virgin (cf. Lk. 1:46-55), they are united, too, with their brethren in the Churches of the Reform, where love for the Sacred Scriptures flourishes. 32
  • [guidelines for Catholics]
    The ecumenical aspect of Marian devotion is shown in the Catholic Church's desire that, without in any way detracting from the unique character of this devotion [seeking M's intercession], (LG 66, SC 103) every care should be taken to avoid any exaggeration which could mislead other Christian brethren about the true doctrine of the Catholic Church." (LG 67) 32
  • Similarly, the Church desires that any manifestation of cult which is opposed to correct Catholic practice should be eliminated. 32
  • since it is natural that in true devotion to the Blessed Virgin "the Son should be duly known, loved and glorified ... when the Mother is honored," (LG 66) such devotion is an approach to Christ, the source and center of ecclesiastical communion, in which all who openly confess that He is God and Lord, Savior and sole Mediator (cf. 1 Tm. 2:5) are called to be one, with one another, with Christ and with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. (Paul VI) 32
  • [differences of opinion but same power of the Most High which overshadowed the Virgin of Nazareth (cf. Lk 1:35), hence -- not an obstacle but a path and a rallying point for unity] 33
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • The post-conciliar period has been characterized by dialogue and by the thrust towards mutual understanding. This has brought an end to the centuries-old mistrust and has led to a better knowledge of respective doctrinal positions; it has also led to a number of common initiatives in research. Thus, at least in some cases, it has been possible to understand both the dangers in "obscuring" the person of Mary in ecclesial life, and also the necessity of holding to data of Revelation (The Ecumenical Directory provides guidelines for a Mariological formation which is attentive to ecumenical needs: Secretariatus ad Christianorum Unitatem Fovendam, Spiritus Domini (April 16, 1970): AAS 62 (1970), 705-724). 14

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