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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



Introduction

     On 4 June 1997, a statement of a theological commission of the Pontifical International Marian Academy was published in L’Osservatore Romano. This commission was "asked by the Holy See to study the possibility and the opportuneness of a definition of the Marian titles of Mediatrix, Coredemptrix and Advocate." The commission was composed of fifteen Catholic theologians and additional non-Catholic theologians, including an Anglican, a Lutheran, and three Orthodox theologians.

     Although I wish to express my appreciation for the furthering of the theological dialogue regarding the solemn definition of the Maternal Mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as provided by this statement of the international theological commission, I must at the same time state that there are several theological elements foundational to this question that appear to be missing from the considerations and conclusions of the commission. I will summarize only the more critical theological elements absent from the statement and conclusions of the commission, theological elements which are contained in the work of another international association of theologians and mariologists who have contributed to the 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 (Queenship Publishing, Santa Barbara, CA). The internationally respected mariologists who participated in this serious theological study pertinent to the question of the solemn definition of the Maternal Mediation of Mary as contained in these two theological volumes span several continents, many countries, and three communities of Christianity.




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