Mary Co-Redemptrix






Synopsis of an Article by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. •  •  December 30, 2016


The Theological Commission of an International Marian Association published a 10-page document about “The Role of Mary in Redemption.”  “The document respectfully requests Pope Francis to acknowledge and honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as ‘Co-Redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer’ during the 2017 centenary anniversary of the Marian Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal.”  The request is a part of a wider movement for the Church to proclaim the Fifth Marian Dogma.

The 33-member commission offered a summary of its document:


Our Lady’s free decision to be Mother of Our Lord was the beginning of Her participation in Our Lord’s mission of salvation of the human race;

Our Lady’s special participation in Our Lord’s work of redemption is only possible through His infinite merits, and does not detract from Christ’s redemptive work;

Mention of  the “woman” in Genesis 3:15 and Her “seed” is a foreshadowing of Our Lady’s victory over Satan and sin. The Immaculate Conception is preparation for Her to be perfect human partner with Our Lord;

The Presentation reveals Our Lady’s continued mission of co-redeemer with Christ, culminating at Golgotha, where She interiorly unites Herself with Our Lord’s sufferings on the Cross;

The Early Church concept of the “New Eve” is the first sign of the teaching of Our Lady as co-redeemer; Her title as “Redemptrix” to point to her suffering with Our Lord at Calvary (10th century); acknowledgment of Her being “co-crucified” with Our Lord (12th century); the “Co-Redemptrix” title (15th century); the “golden age” of Co-Redemptrix (17th century); the title of “Co-Redemptrix” applied by Pope Pius XI and Pope St. John Paul II (19th and 20th centuries);

The prefix “co-” denotes “with” and not “equal.” No one can be placed on the level of the Divine, as such would be blasphemy;

2017 is the centenary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, “which in itself constitutes a powerful manifestation of Our Lady’s co-redemption in action.”



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