An abstract of the article “The Fifth Marian Dogma: The Church’s Unused Weapon” authored by DR. MARK IRAVALLE AND RICHARD L RUSSELL.
The Fatima apparitions occurred at the closing of World War I, and significant apparitions about international politics occurred at the closing of World War II in Amsterdam, Holland. 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 a descent of the Holy Spirit similarly to the Pentecost and the founding of the Catholic Church.
Catholics should consider The Fifth Marian Dogma as an unused weapon in the Church’s arsenal, because the world is in degeneration, disaster and war. Popes have officially taught over the centuries Jesus’ mother is the Spiritual Mother of All Peoples.
She intercedes as advocate for our wants and needs with maternal perseverance and power beyond all other saints. Mary brings human needs to Christ’s throne, and as queen, she has the greatest intercessory power before her son. Mary is called the “advocate” for human intercession since the 2nd century.
Mary is the mediatrix for humanity for dispensing 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 graces to humanity.
Mary uniquely shared Christ’s sacrifice to redeem humanity, by giving Jesus His body, and by suffering with Him at Calvary. Mary has been called “co-redemptrix” in the Church since the 14th century. “Co” means “with,” not “equal.” Mary is the unique immaculate co-redeemer with Christ.
The recognition of the Blessed Mother as co-redemptrix, mediatrix and advocate 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, must conform to the Church’s faith and moral teachings and be submitted with an unconditional obedience to the ultimate papal decision.
The proclamation of The Fifth Marian Dogma would meet human freedom, and the Holy Father’s free acknowledgement and solemn announcement of Mary’s roles as co-redemptrix, mediatrix, and advocate would allow her to fully enact human intercession. History shows graces pour over the Church after the proclamation of Marian Dogmas, the more solemnly we acknowledge Mary’s 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.