“Who can worthily thank thee and adequately praise thee, oh Blessed Virgin, who by thy fiat has saved a lost world.” St. Augustine
“The foundation of all our confidence is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. God has committed to her the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is His will: That we obtain everything through Mary.” Pope Pius IX
“Sinners receive pardon by the intercession of Mary alone.” St. John Chrysostom
“All those who seek Mary’s protection will be saved for all eternity.” Pope Benedict XV
Leo XIII, Jucunda Semper, 1894: “When Mary offered herself completely to God together with her Son in the temple, she was already sharing with him the painful atonement on behalf of the human race … (at the foot of cross) she willingly offered him up to the divine justice, dying with him in her heart, pierced by the sword of sorrow.”
Pius X, Ad Diem Illum, 1904: “Owing to the union of suffering and purpose existing between Christ and Mary, she merited to become most worthily the reparatrix of the lost world, and for this reason, the dispenser of ALL favors which Jesus acquired for us by his death . . .
Benedict XV, Inter Sodalicia, 1918: “To such extent did Mary suffer and almost die with her suffering and dying Son; to such extent did she surrender her maternal rights over her Son for : man’s salvation . . that we may rightly say she redeemed the human race together with Christ.”
Plus XI, 1935, in a prayer to close a jubilee, we find the first use of the word Coredemptrix by a pope: “O Mother of love and mercy who, when thy sweetest Son was consummating the Redemption of the human race on in the altar of the cross, didst stand next to him suffering with him as a Coredemptrix.“
Plus XII, in a radio broadcast in 1946: “Mary, for having been associated with the King of Martyrs in the ineffable work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperatrix, she remains forever associated with him, with an almost unlimited power, in the distribution of graces which flow from the Redemption.”
John XXIII, Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium, 1965.
Paul VI, Christi Matri. “The Church … been accustomed to have recourse to that most ready intercessor, her Mother Mary … For as St. Irenaeus says, she ‘has become the cause of salvation for the whole human race”
John Paul II, Mother of the Redeemer, 1987.
Pius IX, Ubi Primum, 1849: “For God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that THROUGH HER are obtained every hope, every grace, and ALL SALVATION. For this is his will, that we obtain everything through Mary.”
Leo XIII, Supremi Apostolatus, 1883: “O Mary, the guardian of our peace and the dispensatrix of heavenly graces.“
Plus X, Ad Diem Illum, 1904: “It was granted to the august Virgin to be together with her Only-begotten Son the most powerful Mediatrix and Conciliatrix of the whole world. So Christ is the source . . . Mary, however, as St. Bernard justly remarks, is the channel, or she is the neck by which the Body is united to the Head… through which ALL spiritual gifts are communicated to his Body.”
Benedict XV, In a decree on Joan of Are: “In every miracle we must recognize the mediation of Mary, through whom, according to God’s will, every grace and blessing comes to us.”
Plus XI, Miserentissimus Redemptor, 1928: “Confiding in her intercession with Jesus, “the one Mediator of God and man, who wished to associate his own Mother with himself as the advocate of sinners, as the dispenser and mediatrix of grace.”
Plus XII, Superiore Anno, 1940: “As St. Bernard declares, ‘it is the will of God that we obtain favors through Mary, let everyone hasten to have recourse to Mary.”
John XXIII, see Vatican II, Lumen Gentium.
Paul VI, see Lumen Gentium.
John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia, 1980, quoting Lumen Gentium, “In fact, by being assumed into heaven she has not laid aside the office of salvation but by the manifold intercession she continues to obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation.”
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6 responses to “Popes Declaring Mary Co-Redeemer / Co-Redemptrix / Co-Savior”
Catholics typically say “Co-Redemptrix” rather than “Co-Redeemer” because she is a woman.
Also… you provide quotes, but (I mean this with the upmost respect) do you actually know what this means? You provide no commentary.
Also… note that these quotes go back as far as St. Augustine and St. John Chrysostom.
The following is from the catholic catechism regarding their teachings of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, the Saviour of the world:
(491) Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that MARY, “full of grace” through God, WAS REDEEMED FROM THE MOMENT OF HER CONCEPTION. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854.
The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, FROM THE FIRST MOMENT OF HER CONCEPTION, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, PRESERVED IMMUNE FROM ALL STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN.(Page 138)
Mary was “redeemed from the moment of her conception”? Mary was “preserved immune from all stain of original sin? Where does it say that in the Bible? NOWHERE! This is Roman Catholic “sacred tradition” again being elevated above Scripture! Again, God’s Word speaks the opposite of Catholicism. We are informed in the Word that NO ONE is without sin.
Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE: There is NONE that understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is NONE that doeth good, no, NOT ONE.”
Romans 3:23 “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
It would be impossible to use plainer language to convey the message that we are ALL sinners, including Mary.
(494) At the announcement that she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that “with God nothing will be impossible”: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” Thus, giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus, Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, WITHOUT A SINGLE SIN TO RESTRAIN HER, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to save the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God’s grace:
As St. Irenaeus says, “Being obedient SHE BECAME THE CAUSE OF SALVATION FOR HERSELF AND FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE.” Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert . . : “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith. Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “DEATH THROUGH EVE, LIFE THROUGH MARY.” (Page 138)
While Mary was, indeed, a godly virgin when she conceived the Lord Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, she by no means was without sin as the catechism falsely claims. The catholic church makes the claim in their catechism that life comes through Mary. Again, so-called catholic “sacred tradition” takes precedence over the Bible. For the Bible says:
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation IN ANY OTHER: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME.”
1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
Notice that ALL the glory goes to Jesus. His glory is NOT to be shared with another. It will also be noticed that one of the earmarks of the catholic church is that they indeed rob God Almighty of ALL the glory due to him by reason of all their unBiblical doctrines.
(495) Called in the Gospels “the mother of Jesus,” Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as “the mother of my Lord.” In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the CHURCH CONFESSES THAT MARY IS TRULY “Mother of God”(Theo-tokos). (Page 139)
(966) “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, PRESERVED FREE FROM ALL STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, AND EXALTED BY THE LORD AS QUEEN OVER ALL THINGS, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.
In giving birth you KEPT YOUR VIRGINITY; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O MOTHER OF GOD, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, BY YOUR PRAYERS, WILL DELIVER OUR SOULS FROM DEATH”
Notice in the catechism, Mary is called the MOTHER OF GOD. In Scripture, Mary is referred as the “mother of Jesus”. Although Jesus is very God and very man and He retains his deity, to label Mary as “Mother of God” elevates her as well to the level of deity. The catholic church teaches that Mary is forever a virgin. The Scriptures say differently. Scripture informs us that Mary had several other children. Jesus had sibling brothers and sisters – they were NOT cousins as the catholic church falsely claims. Notice the following Scriptures:
Acts 1:14 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS, AND WITH HIS BRETHEREN.”
Matthew 13:55-56 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not HIS MOTHER CALLED MARY? AND HIS BRETHEREN, JAMES, and JOSES, and SIMON, and JUDAS (not Judas Iscariot)? And HIS SISTERS, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?”
Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save JAMES THE LORD’S BROTHER.
And where in the Bible is it to be found that Mary is “exalted queen over all things.” Where is it???? Again, here’s yet another example of how false, pagan, “sacred tradition” takes precedence over and above the Word of God! Although the Bible does in fact speak about a “queen” that’s over all things. She’s called the “queen of heaven” – and it’s NOT Mary, the mother of Jesus! Here’s one of a few Scriptures:
Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make CAKES TO THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out DRINK OFFERINGS UNTO OTHER GODS, THAT THEY MAY PROVOKE ME TO ANGER.
The old pagan worship of the queen of heaven. It sees its counterpart in Catholicism in the worship of Mary as “queen over all things.” And if that kind of activity provoked the Lord to anger back in Old Testament times, the Lord, who “changes not”, is provoked to anger by this display of Christianized paganism. And to boot, the current pope, JPII, has given himself TOTALLY to Mary! Embroidered on his robe in Latin is the following: “Totus Tuus Sum Maria” – translated, this means: “Mary, I am ALL YOURS.”
So, then, the pretended “vicar of Christ” gives all of himself – not to Christ, but to Mary, the “queen over all things”! Unbelievable! The Bible does NOT command us to uplift Mary, but rather the Bible says: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32. So Jesus says we ought to be lifting HIM up. We ought to “obey God rather than men.”
(508) From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. “Full of grace,” Mary is “THE MOST EXCELLENT FRUIT OF REDEMPTION” (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was TOTALLY PRESERVED FROM THE STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN and she REMAINED PURE FROM ALL PERSONAL SIN THROUGHOUT HER LIFE.(Page 142)
Luke 1:28 “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou AMONG women.”
The Bible says that Mary is blessed AMONG women, not ABOVE women. And to say that Mary was pure from personal sin is to be in direct contradiction to God’s Word. For His Word says:
1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the TRUTH IS NOT IN US.”
1 John 1:10 “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and HIS WORD IS NOT IN US.”
Neither is His Word in the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
(964) Mary’s role in the Church is INSEPARABLE FROM HER UNION WITH CHRIST and flows directly from it. “THIS UNION OF THE MOTHER WITH THE SON IN THE WORK OF SALVATION is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death”; it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:
Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully preserved in her union with her Son unto the Cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, ENDURING WITH HER ONLY BEGOTTEN SON the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: “Woman, behold your son.” (Page 273)
One must not allow oneself to be fooled by these loving words. Because the fact is that Mary has not been given an exalted position in the salvation of mankind. She’s quietly resting in her grave until the Lord Jesus returns and resurrects her with all the rest of God’s sleeping saints.
(968) Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason SHE IS A MOTHER TO US IN THE ORDER OF GRACE.” (Page 274)
Where is this found in the Bible? It’s not. It sounds nice. But it’s not Biblical. The Bible warns us that Satan himself is “transformed” into an “angel of light”. He makes himself look nice and sound nice. Just like a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” looks nice and harmless – but it’s not! It’s just man’s vain philosophy and babblings. The Word says:
2 Timothy 2:16 ‘But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, AND NOT AFTER CHRIST.”
We are to beware of these kinds of teachings that permeates the catholic church.
(969) “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN SHE DID NOT LAY ASIDE THIS SAVING OFFICE but BY HER MANIFOLD INTERCESSION CONTINUES TO BRING US GIFTS OF ETERNAL SALVATION….Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of ADVOCATE, HELPER, BENEFACTRESS, and MEDIATRIX.”(Page 275)
One word only is need to describe the above quote from the catholic catechism….BLASPHEMY!
Mary can’t save us. She doesn’t help Jesus in His saving office! He doesn’t need it. He NEVER elevated her to the office of co-redeemer! Where’s that to be found in the Bible? Again, NOWHERE! Is there a pattern yet visible?
Yes, it’s catholic, false, “sacred tradition” placed ABOVE the Word of God! What does the Word say? Read on:
1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”
Who’s the advocate? Mary? – No, The Word Says: Jesus. All the glory goes to Jesus!
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation IN ANY OTHER: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
I don’t see any room for Mary in this Scripture. Again, all the glory goes to Jesus!
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME.”
Does Jesus say here “No man cometh unto the Father but by me and my mother?” NO, only to Jesus. All the glory goes to Jesus!!!
The Roman Catholic Church does not propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ. They propagate another gospel. The Bible has something to say concerning those that propagate another gospel:
Galatians 1:6-9 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would PERVERT the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED. As we said before, so say I now again, If ANY MAN preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.”
Strong words! The Bible pronounces a curse on ANYONE who preaches any other gospel than what’s in the Word of God! The catholic church fits this bill perfectly. May more eyes be opened to the truths of God’s Word!
Hmm… You have quite a bit here. Would you like me to respond to any of these objections?
You are free to say anything you would like. If you are interested, or have the time in the future, you can find the full breakdown in the blogpost titled, “Coverts Cathechism of Catholic Doctrine” in my list of posts.
Moreover, the age of the quotes do not matter so much as the fact that no Pope or prelate has ever denied or rescinded the quotes. In their silence, they acknowledge that the quotes still hold true today.
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My point is that if these doctrines go back to St. Augustine (or, as it looked like you might have quoted elsewhere, St. Irenaeus), I think it odd that these “heresies” would not be discovered until the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries.