The Fifth Marian Dogma

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An abstract of the article “The Fifth Marian Dogma: The Church’s Unused Weapon” authored by DR. MARK IRAVALLE AND RICHARD L RUSSELL.

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The Fatima apparitions occurred at the closing of World War I, and other significant apparitions occurred at the closing of World War II in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They are more significant about the future of international politics than those at Fatima.  The Blessed Mother had 56 appearances, from 1945 to 1959, to a humble Dutch woman.

The Blessed Mother called herself The Lady of All Nations warned of a coming age of “degeneration, disaster, and war.”  She offered help if Catholics would petition the Holy Father to proclaim the fifth and final Marian dogma of Mary Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate.  It would bring about a descent of the Holy Spirit in a fashion akin to the Pentecost and the founding of the Holy Catholic Church.

The world is in a state of degeneration, disaster and war, as the Lady of All Nations had warned in Amsterdam, and Catholics should contemplate the fifth Marian dogma as an unused weapon in the Church’s arsenal.  The popes have officially taught over the centuries that the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, is the Spiritual Mother of All Peoples.  Mary performs this role as advocate, mediatrix, and co-redemptrix.

Our Lady’s role as advocate confirms she intercedes for our wants and needs with maternal perseverance and power beyond all other saints.  Mary brings human needs to Christ’s throne.  She is the principal intercessor of her earthly children, and as queen, she has the greatest intercessory power before Christ for human needs.  Mary is called the “advocate” for human intercession, her most ancient title, dating to the 2nd century.

Mary is the mediatrix for humanity for dispensing salvation graces.  She interceded to bring Christ, the source of all graces, into the world.  Mary was appointed by Christ at the climax of his redeeming sacrifice on the cross to become the spiritual mother of all peoples and to dispense heavenly graces to humanity.

Mary uniquely shared Christ’s sacrifice to redeem humanity, by giving Jesus His body,  and by suffering with Him at Calvary in an unparalleled way.   Mary has been called the “co-redemptrix” in the Church since the 14th century, for her extraordinary with Christ in human salvation.  The prefix “co” means “with,” not “equal.”  Mary is not a goddess on equality with Christ, rather she is the unique immaculate co-redeemer with Christ.

The recognition of the Blessed Mother as advocate, mediatrix and co-redemptrix has a long tradition in the Church. The petitioning to the Holy Father for the dogma declaration is a Church tradition.  Petition drives are manifestations of the faithful consensus to encourage the Holy Father to a particular course of action for the good of the Church. Authentic Catholic petition drives must conform to the Church’s faith and moral teachings and be submitted with an unconditional obedience to the ultimate discernment and decision of the Holy Father.

The proclamation of the fifth Marian dogma would satisfy God’s condition of never forcing grace upon us.  The Holy Father’s free acknowledgement and solemn announcement of Mary’s roles as advocate, mediatrix, and co-redemptrix would allow her to fully enact her motherly roles of human intercession.  History shows graces have been poured over the Church after Marian dogmas’ proclamation. Mary’s motherly titles are her motherly functions of grace for the Church, the more solemnly we acknowledge the functions, the more powerfully she can exercise them.

The Catholic Church needs the weapons of Fatima and Amsterdam to combat the onslaught of evil in the world.

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