The other day I was listening to Mark Miravelle, the president of the Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici crowd who are trying to push the Vatican to proclaiming Mediatrix and Co-redemptrix dogma. He always makes my eyes roll. Anyway, he challenging listeners who disagreed with the dogma to call in (Unfortunately I was driving so couldn't). When someone called in for some Biblical support, he repeated the same MIStranslation of Genesis 3:15 as was in Ineffibilius Deus. Btw, on Dr. M and his pet project:
""Personally, I'm confident that there will be this recognition of Marian truth before the year 2000,'' says Prof. Mark Miravalle, 39, the leader of the petition drive and a lay theologian at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Miravalle has met with the pope several times and published three books since launchinghis bold initiative at a Marian conference in 1993. An infallible papal definition, he says, would put these doctrines ""at the highest level of revealed truth.''http://www.newsweek.com/id/96053
Rumors of the potential new dogma have triggered blister-ing criticism from other Christian denominations and ignited a battle within the church itself. ""Calling Mary a Co-Redeemer is a heresy in the simplest sense,'' says the Rev. George G. Passias, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
I remember the article well when it came out (Aug. 1997). What did the Bible say about false prophets? Dr. M. went on, when asked about the Fathers, to quote Maxilimilian Kolbe, that the Holy Spirit is "the Uncreated Immaculate Conception."http://www.fifthmariandogma.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=441:st-maximilian-kolbe-part-iv-the-holy-spirit-the-uncreated-immaculate-conception&catid=116:marycast&Itemid=592
which also has another example of how the filioque deforms Trinitarian theology. The nice portrayal of contraception can be done with the correct dogma on the Most Holy Trinity. A quote from Dr. M's bookhttp://books.google.com/books?id=8RBQWc9fWacC&pg=PA162&lpg=PA162&dq=uncreated+Immaculate+conception&source=bl&ots=kLpA-nuWIf&sig=TFwdhk6lI4Ah0DCe_2-jWh4ajtU&hl=en&ei=PzUZStKgJMuJtgeu5eDiDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2
reveals the same. Fr. Ambrose has warned about the "quasi-incarnation of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin" which no doubt will be the next "development of dogma" should the Co-Redemptrix be proclaimed. The fact that an accredited theology at a institution of religious higher learning can make such statements on an apostolate broadcast to across the country (and, via the web, the world), as Dr. Miravalle is and did, should be enough warning of the seriousness. He is not a famous Mariologist but a infamous Mariolatrist.
In was interesting that Dr. Miravelli was at pains to point out that he was not quoting visionaries (though Kolbe claimed to have seen the Virgin). Perhaps the critiques, such as the able one at the Orthodox Information Centerhttp://orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/marian_apparitions.aspx
are having their effect. It makes a passing reference to our own "Kolbe," and a telling comment on the Vox Populi and their ilk:
The Russian Orthodox priest, Fr Sergius Bulgakov, after his own pilgrimage to Lourdes, wrote: "The remembrance of this place embalmed by the presence invisible to our eyes, but clearly perceptible to our souls, of the most holy Mother of God, ...will remain among the dearest memories of our lives. At least in our hearts the interior dividing wall which separates us from the Roman Church has lost much of its opaqueness." Everyone's experience is his own, but this should be balanced by that of the Roman Catholic Robert Hugh Benson, quoted earlier, who experienced the dark side of the Lady of the Grotto. It should, perhaps, also be borne in mind that Fr Sergius' sophiology, considered very suspect by Orthodox theologians like St John (Maximovitch), may have affected his experience—"the Holy Spirit is manifest through the Virgin Mary—she is a creature but also no longer a creature."
[Here, as is her wont, Miriam is erring on the side of kindness, Bulgakov's teachings were not simply considered suspect but were formally condemned by the hierarchs of the Church Abroad and, in 1935, by the Patriarchate of Moscow.—ed.]
It is not obligatory for Roman Catholics to accept the apparitions even when their church has approved them, although some Marianists would like this changed, saying that official approval goes beyond permission to believe and involves infallibility.