Monday, September 22, 2008

The Marian Myths... Part II

I stated last week that the Marian doctrines point to Christ and speak real truths about Christ and about our future. Christ is the one without sin who will free us from sin (Immaculate Conception). Christ is the one who is pure of heart who will purify our hearts (Ever-virgin). Christ is the one who by his very nature is in intimate union with God and will bring us into a fuller and more intimate union with God (Assumption).

I am not denying that the Marian doctrines are not factual. I believe that they are mythical and speaking of higher truths, not facts; but I could be wrong. I just do not think they are important enough to give unneeded consideration compared to the truths concerning Christ - Who is the Word who took on humanity; living, teaching, and befriending us; dying for love us; and continuing to live in a resurrection that has transformed his earthly body into a new body (just as our earth will be transformed into a new earth). This I believe with my whole heart, body, and soul. And I believe that this Christ is especially near to us as we gather for Eucharist and that he is present in our bread and in our breaking of the bread. These are the truths that matter and these are the truths that should be the foundation or correcting apparatus for all other Christian statements of faith.

A Faithful Catholic


Terrence Berres said...

"Christ is the one who is pure of heart who will purify our hearts (Ever-virgin)."

So if you were to participate in the Creed at Mass, you would be doing so with this mental reservation?

Anonymous said...

The perpetual virginity of Mary is not actually an article of the Creed. Nor is it mental reservation to say that our beliefs about Mary are indeed about Christ. (On the other hand, I am not sure that purity of heart is the point of the doctrine of Mary's virginity.)

Terrence Berres said...

My point, though, is A.F.C. has previously asserted this myth/fact distinction with regard to the Virgin Birth, contrary to Church teaching back to the Apostles Creed. When some sect comes to his door claiming the Catholic Church has been off-track almost from the beginning, looks like he'd have to agree.