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VOX POPULI MARIAE MEDIATRICI SPECIAL NOTIFICATION

Response to a Statement of an International Theological Commission
of the Pontifical International Marian Academy


June 13, 1997


In conclusion, the following summary points can be articulated:

  1. The present Pontiff, Pope John Paul II has used the title "Coredemptrix" for the Blessed Virgin Mary at least five occasions in Papal Teachings accompanied by profound theological treatments on the unique participation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the redemption of humanity by Jesus Christ. The titles and roles of "Mediatrix" and "Advocate" are contained in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (Lumen Gentium, nn. 61, 62) and have a rich tradition and usage in the Papal Magisterium of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special contribution by the present Papal Magisterium of John Paul II.


  2. The teachings of the Second Vatican Council in no way prohibit a solemn definition on Maternal Mediation, and in fact call for a proper theological development and completion of authentic Marian doctrine (cf. Lumen Gentium, n. 54).


  3. The specific contribution found in the Papal Teachings of Pope John Paul II on the subject of the Maternal Mediation of Mary as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate must be included and appreciated in the contemporary development of mariological doctrine, potentially leading to a solemn definition of Maternal Mediation.


  4. The request for a solemn definition of the Maternal Mediation of Mary in no way runs counter to the critical ecclesial mandate for authentic ecumenical activity. The "whole truth about Mary" as part of the "whole truth of the Gospel" will serve as the foundation for ultimate Christian unity, as taught by Christ and entrusted to the Church (cf. Redemptoris Mater, n. 30, Ut Unum Sint, nn. 18, 36, 79, 94). In the words of Pope John Paul II : "To uphold a vision of unity which takes account of all the demands of revealed truth does not mean to put a brake on the ecumenical movement."14  The Blessed Virgin Mary must be seen not as an obstacle, but as a motherly maternal instrument of unity of all Christians into the one fold of Jesus Christ.


  5. The statements of the commission, while providing a valuable contribution to the theological dialogue concerning Our Lady’s Maternal Mediation, constitutes neither an authoritative nor official condemnation of the petition for the solemn definition of Maternal Mediation.


  6. The international Catholic movement, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, constituting 500 bishops, 42 cardinals, and the petitions of 4.5 million faithful spanning 155 countries, will continue to pray and work in obedience to the Papal Magisterium of Pope John Paul II, in striving for the theological and ecclesial maturity required for the solemn definition of the Maternal Mediation of Mary as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, as is its canonical right and duty expressed in Canon 212, 2,3.


  7. Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici leaves the ultimate discernment and decision of the "possibility and opportuneness" of the solemn definition of the Maternal Mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and offers full obedience and submission to his final and definitive judgment.


                                                          Dr. Mark I. Miravalle, S.T.D.
                                                          International President, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici
                                                          Professor of Theology and Mariology
                                                          Franciscan University of Steubenville






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