Mediatrix and Coredemptrix?
The following is an interview conducted by Legatus Magazine about the growing movement and pressing need for the Fifth Marian Dogma, declaring our Lady as Mediatrix, Co-redemptrix, and Advocate. –Asst. Ed.
Judy Roberts writes about the growing movement for a possible fifth Marian dogma . . .
The Catholic Church’s four key teachings about the Blessed Virgin were the instruments that drew Dr. Richard Russell to convert from Protestantism. Now the Georgetown University professor would like the Church to proclaim a fifth Marian dogma declaring Mary “Coredemptrix.”
This fifth dogma — a solemn definition of Mary as spiritual mother of all peoples: Coredemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces — is a cause for which hundreds of Catholics around the world are currently praying in a year-long rosary campaign that began on the feast of the Assumption last year.
The new dogma is also the subject of petitions — many initiated by bishops and cardinals — that continue to flood the Vatican from five continents. Last year, in the first call for the proclamation from a head of state, then-Filipino president Gloria Arroyo wrote Pope Benedict XVI a letter asking for the fifth dogma on behalf of her people.
Appeals for the new dogma date to the 1920s and the efforts of Belgian Cardinal Desire-Joseph Mercier, an ecumenical leader who championed the cause with support from St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Russell, an adjunct professor of security studies who has been researching the approved Lady of All Nations prophecies in Amsterdam, acknowledged that the term “coredemptrix” sounds startling on first hearing. “But when you work through it,” he said, “it actually makes a great deal of sense.
“If Mary doesn’t say ‘yes’ at the time of the Annunciation, no blood is shed on Calvary,” he explained. “By pure force of logic, it has to be true. You cannot escape that she coredeems humanity. If she says ‘no,’ there is no redemption.” The Catholic Church has approved four Marian dogmas: that Mary is the Mother of God, conceived without sin, perpetually a virgin and assumed into heaven. Those who object to adding “coredemptrix” to her list of titles claim that it would wrongly place Christ’s mother on an equal plane with her son.