Saturday, July 27, 2019

A Great Observation Regarding Roman Catholic Mariology And Christ's Intercessory Role

"The church appears to have painted itself into a theological corner. In trying not to detract from Christ, its theologians have so defined the role of Mary as to make it entirely indispensable: everything we need we get from Christ. If that's the case, what is the point or importance of Mary's mediation?

One the other hand, the oft-heard affirmation that Mary can influence her Son to help us necessarily implies that the Son otherwise would be less disposed to do so. In fact, the very concept of a mediator presupposes that there are differences that need to be reconciled between two parties. This leads to the inescapable conclusion that, apart from Mary's mediation, Christ himself would not be perfectly reconciled to us. All this seriously compromises the integrity of his high priesthood.

The church is stuck in a hopeless dilemma wherein either Mary's role is rendered superfluous, or the all-sufficiency of Christ's mediation is diminished. In trying to avoid either of these perceived pitfalls, it has fallen headlong into both."

Elliot Miller and Kenneth R. Samples, The Cult of the Virgin: Catholic Mariology and the Apparitions of Mary, p. 56

1 comment:

  1. Sister Phyllis (or maybe it was Sister Ann Rita) explained it to me like this:
    "We pray to Mary because she will intercede with us to Jesus and Jesus will not refuse a request from his mother"
    "What if Mary says no?"
    "She wouldn't do that, she's the mother of us all."
    "Cool, so when my mom says 'no' I can tell her that Mary..." !
    More good arguments have been shot down by a brass edge 16" ruler than any other school of logic