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Mariology is the theological and academic study of Mary, the mother of Jesus

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Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?

Catholicism puts great emphasis on the importance on the Mary, the Mother of God. It honors her and insists upon her perpetual sinlessness and perpetual virginity. And in my observation, it seems as ...
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Why do Catholics put so much faith in the Virgin Mary?

I'm not sure how to express the relationship that Catholics have with the Virgin Mary, so please excuse the word "faith" in the question title. Giving Mary praise I understand that Mary gave birth ...
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Did Jerome’s doctrine of Mariology affect his translation?

In a recent Q&A on Hermeneutics.SE, I made an arguement that carried the implication that Jerome's translation of κεχαριτωμένη ('favored one’)† as gratia plena ('full of grace’)† in Luke 1:28 was ...
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How is 1 Timothy 2:5 interpreted relative to the Mediatrix concept?

The concept of Mediatrix has Virgin Mary in a role of a mediator in the salvation process—at least that's what Wikipedia says: Mediatrix in Roman Catholic Mariology refers to the role of the ...
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How old is the doctrine of a sinless Mary?

What are the oldest known writings that state that Mary was without sin?
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Did Mary know that her Baby Boy would "soon deliver her"?

It's a little past Christmas, but I forgot to ask this question based on the song "Mary did you know", which really raises the question. Did Mary know? As a Catholic, there are lots of traditions ...
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Is "Mary Queen of the Universe" a recognized title for the Virgin Mary in Catholicism?

There is a Catholic Church near where I lived called "Mary Queen of the Universe" (Link). It seems from their website it's a shrine for Mary. The name of this does not make much sense to me if it is ...
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How did the Virgin Mary's title "Mirror of Justice", used in some Catholic prayers, originate?

The Catholic prayer often known as the Litany of Loreto1 contains a number of descriptive titles of Mary, the mother of God—for example, "Mirror of Justice", "Seat of Wisdom", "Star of the Sea". ...
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Did the Herodian Temple have virgins?

I have heard a story about Mary being the "Ever Virgin" and it started out with her parents presenting her at the temple as a virgin and she stayed a virgin for the rest of her life, even ...
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What is the Protestant argument against Immaculate Conception?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the idea of Immaculate Conception, which is defined by Pius IX as follows: "In the first instance of her [Mary's] conception, by a singular privilege and grace ...
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Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?

Peter's excellent blog posting pointed to a movement I'd never heard of before: Militia of the Immaculata (MI). In the process of figuring out what it might be, I read this important qualification: ...
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Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God?

Note: This question is not to prove why this is wrong rather to find out if this is an official teaching of the Catholic Church. Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God? If ...
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How widespread was Marian devotion during the first two centuries of Christianity?

Was Marian devotion commonplace among early Christians during the first centuries of Christianity? What about the first century AD? What about the second century AD? There are a few related questions, ...
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What's the context in the "Hail" part of Hail Mary?

I was just thinking, that's a strange greeting. Didn't people back then usually say "hail" in the context of "Hail Caesar"? And apparently Mary thought that was a strange greeting too, even stranger ...
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Is the desire for a spiritual mother natural to mankind?

I've been answering a few questions on this site raised about the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin Mary and this question popped into my mind. St. Thomas Aquinas can posit a rational proof ...
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How does societal consecration to Mary differ from individual consecration?

For individual Catholics, consecration to Mary is a serious commitment not to be lightly entered into. It seems to me that this consecration is seen as an "advanced" step for people who are already ...
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What is the Immaculate Conception?

I know that Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception. What is that? Is this the same as the virginal conception of Jesus?
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What is the biblical basis for Mary being given immense authority in heaven?

In True Devotion to Mary, a book written in 1843 by Saint Louis de Montfort, is found the following quote: ... in heaven and on earth everything, even to God Himself, is subject to the Blessed Virgin,...
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What is the basis for saying Mary is not the mother of God from a trinitarian perspective?

Note: I scoped this question to trinitarians because Christ could be rejected as God and thus it wouldn’t be relevant to non-trinitarians. I was recently inspired by user @Anne to ask this, as she ...
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According to Catholicism, how was Mary born without original sin?

I am slowly converting to Catholicism and am confused on the doctrine of Immaculate Conception. I do understand that it is Mary's conception that she was free from original sin. According to St. ...
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What is the difference between the way Catholics view The Blessed Virgin Mary and Unitarians view Jesus?

Reading chats and posts and such here with our BU friends I've noticed a thread that seems similar to the way Catholics view The Blessed Virgin Mary and Unitarians view Jesus. It seems like in both ...
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What is the Protestant view of the miracle at Fátima?

I’m very curious to hear the Protestant view of Fatima, considering that it involves the Virgin Mary appearing before witnesses, many of whom were skeptics.
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What do Protestants make of the earliest Marian prayer?

The earliest known prayer to St. Mary is called Beneath Thy Protection (Sub tuum praesidium), and it is commonly dated around mid third century (~250 AD), or as late as fourth century. From the ...
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How did Luther's view of Mary change after his new birth experience?

The question is as simple as the title. Did Luther have a minor alteration in his view of Mary, or a major one after being born again? Note: By the way Luther did use the term 'born again' for some ...
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Is there any evidence to the devotion of Mary in the early church? [duplicate]

Roman Catholics and the Orthodox Church venerate or give devotion to Mary, but is there any evidence of this within the Early Church Fathers or is this nothing more than a later development?
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What is to be understood by Mary being the "mother of the church"?

Ever since St. Ambrose of Milan there has been a line of thinking that Mary is the "Mother of the Church" - what is to be understood by this title?
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What exactly does the Catholic Church mean by the "Virginity" of Mary?

Possible ways to understand "virginity" : Some people may define it as no sexual event whatsoever. Some may define as not having intercourse with a male. Some may define it as not participating in ...
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In what ways is the term "priesthood" used in Catholic tradition?

In what ways does "priesthood" get used within Catholic tradition and theology? Besides "ministerial" and the "universal priesthood of all believers," does the concept ...
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What is the process of the Church approving a Marian apparition?

Say that a person claimed to have had Mary appear to them in a way similar to the Marian apparitions of Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, etc. What is the process of the Church approving a Marian apparition ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27?

What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27? John 19:26-27 (RSVCE) 26 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your ...
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Is there a difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix"?

Did Pope Francis throw cold water on any hope for a 5th Marian dogma or is there a fundamental difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix" that leaves the door slightly ...
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How exactly is honoring Mary distracting us from Jesus?

In my experience, overcoming my fear of Mary (or my disinterest) was the single biggest boost to my relationship with Christ. And it continues to be. How do Protestants answer Catholics who believe ...
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Church Fathers on the Queenship of Mary

My Question: Which Church Fathers thought of Mary as a Queen? The Church Fathers can be both early and late (max 500AD).
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What does the perpetual virginity of Mary add to our salvation?

I tried this question earlier and it was closed due to so many other similar questions but, having looked through I didn't find an answer. What, if any, is the salvific benefit of the perpetual ...
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Why did Pope Pius XII mention the soul of Mary?

In Munificentissimus Deus Pope Pius XII defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for God the Holy Spirit having a spouse?

The following are taken from Pure Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort By the light which the Holy Spirit will give you through Mary, his faithful spouse, you will perceive the evil inclinations ...
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What historical circumstances led the two Popes to declare the 2 dogmas of Mary with the rare infallible pronouncements?

Most people think that Papal Apostolic Constitutions (which have higher level of authority than most other types of papal documents) are infallible, but in fact only Papal ex cathedra statements ...
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Do Protestants think of Mary as the "Mother of All Peoples"?

I recently ran across a photo of a statue of Mary with her arms outstretched horizontally and the caption "Mother of All Peoples." A Google search reveals that this title is derived from a ...
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How do Protestants explain the benefits of Marian devotion and praying the Rosary experienced by Catholics?

It's common sense knowledge that millions of Catholics pray the Rosary and make devotion to Mary an integral part of their everyday spirituality. See for example this answer to the question According ...
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Is Gertrude the Great's mariology considered erroneous in modern Catholicism?

Gertrude the Great (1256–1302) was a German nun who is recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, but was never formally canonized. I don't know if it's related, but apparently her views on ...
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Is Mary omniscient (by participation, not by nature)?

I'm mainly interested in an Orthodox or Catholic response. Although any protestant denomination which has a high Mariology is welcome to answer (eg Anglocatholics, high church Lutherans). If your ...
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In Marian Consecration, does invincible ignorance apply to grace as well as sin?

So, I consecrated myself to Mary about 12 years ago following St. Maximilian Kolbe's formula. What I didn't realize until yesterday night, reading "33 Days to Morning Glory" in preparation of my re-...
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Does Total Consecration to Mary imply a supernatural wisdom?

Pope St. John Paul II famously promoted Total Consecration including taking "Totus Tuus" as his motto. Does a practice of Total Consecration, sincerely pursued, entail receiving any special ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Mary being the Tree of Life?

The following is taken from True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort: If Mary, the Tree of Life, is well cultivated in our soul by fidelity to this devotion, she will in due time bring forth ...
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In which denominations do people consider Mary, mother of Jesus, to be the "Second Eve"?

I was reading DK Publishing's The Illustrated Bible Story By Story. The authors claim to be biblical scholars, historians, and pastors, which may give a Christian slant to the Bible, even though the ...
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In Catholic Theology, was Mary "Unable" to Sin?

Jesuit theologian Fr. Kenneth Baker states that Mary was not only free from sin but was "unable" to sin: Two special factors rendered Mary impeccable or unable to sin. The first was her ...
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What are the arguments for believing Jewish men would marry Temple Virgins who had taken vows of chastity?

Certain Christians believe Mary was a perpetual virgin. Furthermore, they believe there were Jewish Temple Virgins (discussion on this here) and that Mary was consecrated as a Temple Virgin. They ...
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Which Church Fathers say the New Adam married the New Eve at the wedding of Cana?

Bishop Josephus Meile (†1957) claims in Die jungfräulichen Seelen in der Welt (The Virgin Souls in the World) p. 28 that At the time of the wedding at Cana, as the Fathers of the Church testify, ...
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What are the earlier references to Mary?

What are the earlier references, besides the bible, to Mary, be it as a devotion or just as someone that pleased God? Could someone quote some of those references? If there are references besides the ...
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How does the title of Mary as Co-Redemptrix exemplify or encourage simplicity towards Christ?

From the website Catholic.Org comes this explanation of what is meant by the title Co-Redemptrix as applied to Mary, the Mother of Jesus: In his helpful Introduction to Mary: The Heart of Marian ...
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