More Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Magisterium
of the Church think of the proposal for this Dogma?
There have not been any official statements in the
magisterium of the present Pontiff specifically referring to if or when he will
declare this Dogma, nor should we expect such a statement until the Vicar of Christ
is ready to make one.
The Christian faithful were very much encouraged by
the last Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to continue their role in the progress of
"Mariology is a particular field of theological
research: in it the Christian people’s love for Mary intuited, frequently in
anticipation, certain aspects of the mystery of the Blessed Virgin, calling the
attention of theologians and pastors to them....As Mariology develops, the
particular role of the Christian people emerges. They co-operate, by the
affirmation and witness of their faith, in the progress of Marian doctrine, which
normally is not only the work of theologians, even if their task is indispensable
to deepening and clearly explaining the datum of the faith and the Christian
experience itself" (Pope John Paul II, L’Osservatore Romano, weekly English
edition, 15 November 1995, p. 11).
In June of 1997, a theological commission
issued a negative opinion on the possibility of defining a dogma
on Mary’s maternal mediation. The commission was composed of
fifteen Catholic theologians and additional non-Catholic theologians,
including an Anglican, a Lutheran, and three Orthodox. Several of
the commission’s conclusions were corrected by John Paul II
in his Wednesday audiences of 24 September and 1 October 1997. Although
the Pope did not refer directly to the commission, his teachings
were in stark contrast with its conclusions.
We also know from recent Church history
that several advisory theological commissions requested by the Holy
See have come to conclusions which ultimately were not adopted by
the Holy See. The most radical example was the theological commission
requested by the Holy See to examine the question of artificial
birth control, the conclusion of which was overridden by Pope Paul
VI when he reaffirmed the constant Church teaching against artificial
birth control in his 1968 Encyclical, Humanae Vitae.
A far more comprehensive and thorough
investigation into the theological possibilities of this Marian
Dogma was conducted by another international association of theologians
and mariologists, spanning several continents, many countries, and
three communities of Christianity. Their findings were in favor
of a definition and have been published in two theological volumes
dedicated to the question of the Maternal Mediation of Mary: Mary
Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate: Theological Foundations, Towards
A Papal Definition?, and Mary Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate:
Theological Foundations II, Papal, Pneumatological, Ecumenical
(1995 and 1997 respectively, Queenship Publishing, Santa Barbara,
It remains the mission of Vox Populi Mariae
Mediatrici to do exactly what the Papal Magisterium of Pope John Paul II invited
us to do: To "co-operate, by the affirmation and witness of their faith, in the
progress of Marian doctrine," in "calling the attention of theologians and pastors"
to "the mystery of the Blessed Virgin."
With the election of our new Holy Father, Pope
Benedict XVI, our prayers and petitions now go out to him, but nonetheless we
obediently await the Pontiff’s final and authoritative decision on the potential
Dogma. In no way is the petition campaign a "democratic" initiative. Those who sign
the petition desire for the Dogma to be proclaimed, but only in accordance with the
will of the Roman Pontiff.