The Person of Mary: Apocryphal Elements©

The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Mary's Life, Apocryphal Elements. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, in homilies or for research. For the full title and document data, click on the abbreviation code (for example, BYM leads you to the document, Behold Your Mother). This will also lead you to the complete document on this website or assist you in locating it elsewhere.

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Documents VI. The Life of Mary / 3. Apocryphal elements
(fourth/thirteenth Stations of the Cross, etc.)
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • [defense against ... errors and deviations] will ensure that this devotion is objective in its historical setting, and for this reason everything that is obviously legendary or false must be eliminated. [specific examples not given] 38
Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2002
  • The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ's glory in the Resurrection and Ascension. Contemplating the Risen One, Christians rediscover the reasons for their own faith (cf. 1Cor 15:14) and relive the joy not only of those to whom Christ appeared--the Apostles, Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the road to Emmaus--but also the joy of Mary, who must have had an equally intense experience of the new life of her glorified Son. 23


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