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Who is the earliest Church Father affirming the present Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant?

One of the strongest scriptural basis for the Catholic Marian dogmas is the Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant, appealing to the Glory of the LORD which filled the ...
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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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Was there any church father who believed that Mary was queen of heaven? [duplicate]

The Orthodox and the Roman Catholic church teaches that the blessed Mary is the queen of heaven, was there any early church fathers who believed that Mary is the Queen of heaven or is this a late ...
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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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What are the main arguments Protestants use against the idea of the perpetual virginity of Mary?

Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodoxy have the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. Protestants generally don't have that belief. What are the main arguments Protestants use against the idea ...
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What is the biblical basis to prove the perpetual virginity of Mary? [duplicate]

Roman Catholics believe that the blessed Mary not only was a virgin up until the birth of Christ but remained a perpetual virgin from then until the moment of her death. What is the biblical basis for ...
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Did the Early Church believe in the perpetual virginity of Mary? [duplicate]

Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe that the blessed Mary remained a perpetual virgin until she sadly passed away, but what was the Early Church Fathers view on the perpetual virginity of ...
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Does Our Lady purify our intentions?

Does Our Lady purify our intentions? For example, if one says a Hail Mary with mixed intentions (e.g., with the intention to please himself, though also with a virtual intention to please God), does ...
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Are there any Roman Catholic Bishops with a more Protestant View of Mary?

(To clarify, I'm counting ever-virgin and mother of God as perfectly protestant views of Mary.) Since, the Reformation Marian views in the two sides have sharply divided. While many Protestants reject ...
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According to Catholic scholars, why was Blessed Virgin Mary spared of temptations on her way to motherhood?

We see that Blessed Virgin Mary had a rather smooth travel on her way to giving birth to Jesus, bar the physical hardship of travelling to Bethlehem towards the end of her pregnancy and trying to find ...
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What are the 5 blaphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

What are the 5 blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary that Our Lady of Fatima mentioned? Which sects utter these blasphemies?
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Did Pope Francis' consecration of Russia and Ukraine fulfill all the demands that Mary requested at Fatima in 1917?

Does the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Russia and Ukraine on March 25, 2022 by Pope Francis fulfill all of the requests asked for by the Virgin Mary at Fatima in 1917? Not being an ...
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Was Russia properly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart?

Has a pope already properly consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in accordance with the requests of Our Lady of Fatima?
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Is the Fatima prophecy still relevant in the 21st century?

At Fatima, in a vision, Our Lady told Lucia Dos Santos that "Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, ...
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If Mary planned to consummate her marriage to Joseph, why was she confused when the angel told her she would bear a son? [duplicate]

The current top answer to this question (the answer given by SLM) asserts as a matter of fact that Mary and Joseph consummated their marriage Mary never took a vow of chastity Jesus was born in the ...
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If Catholics believe new revelation from God has ceased, how do they defend the Marian dogmas?

The Marian dogmas are taught by the Catholic Church, but it is commonly held that some of the Marian doctrines such as her bodily accent to heaven are not biblical. But if Catholics believe revelation ...
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Could God allow all people to be born without the stain of original sin, as He did with Mary? [duplicate]

God was able to prevent Mary from being born with the stain original sin. If God can do this with one person, He can do this with everyone. This suggests that God forces everyone but Mary, against ...
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When Paul wrote about Jesus' birth as "born of a woman," did he not contradict the fact that Jesus was "born of a virgin" as Matthew wrote? [closed]

According to the Scriptures that were given through Matthew, Jesus Christ was born to a virgin. "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will ...
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How did St. Jerome defend the Blessed Virgin's virginity 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘮 in light of Matt. 1:25?

How did St. Jerome defend the Blessed Virgin's virginity post partum in light of Matt. 1:25, which says St. Joseph "knew her not till she brought forth her firstborn son"?
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If Joseph and Mary consummated their marriage, why did they wait to do so? [duplicate]

How do those that deny the perpetual virginity of Mary explain the failure of Joseph and Mary to consummate their marriage before the birth of Jesus? We read in the Gospel of Matthew: He had no ...
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Did Is. 7:14 inspire Mary to take a vow of virginity?

Did any Catholic theologians think that the prophecy of Is. 7:14 ("Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.") inspired the Blessed Virgin to ...
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How did Mary know after the Annunciation that she would be accepted as wife by Joseph?

Luke 1:26-38 gives us the full text of conversation that took place between Blessed Virgin Mary and Angel Gabriel . The Angel does explain to Mary how she would conceive of the Holy Spirit, but does ...
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Virgin Mary under the title of "Warrior Queen"?

I heard that a Polish anthem or hymn addressed Our Lady as the "Warrior Queen". Which hymn was this? Is "Warrior Queen" one of her official titles?
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Technical Nestorianism and quasi-Incarnational Mariology

But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? [Luke 1:43, NIV] A secondary question in the Chalcedonian/Nestorian debate was whether it was more fitting to refer to Mary as ...
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Modern archaeological searches for the Tomb of Mary, the Mother of Jesus at Ephesus?

Modern archaeological searches for the Tomb of Mary, the Mother of Jesus at Ephesus? On October 18, 1881, relying on the descriptions in the book by Brentano based on his conversations with Emmerich, ...
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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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According to Catholicism, to what extent is the spiritual growth of a Christian impaired by his/her lack of devotion to Mary and the Saints?

According to Catholicism, if a Christian lacks devotion to Mary and the Saints, is he or she spiritually "handicapped" or "missing out" spiritually? For example, let's suppose that ...
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Relationship of Salome and Mary

Mary is the mother of Jesus. Salome is mentioned twice in Scripture. There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and ...
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Why do protestants accept Augustine's teachings? [closed]

St Augustine seemed to believe in the catholic doctrine of Mediatrix, infant baptism and purgatory: "May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may ...
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How did the Gospel writers know that Mary was a virgin? [closed]

How did the Gospel writers know that Mary was a virgin? Did they ask her directly, consult Roman census records (if they even recorded whether one was a virgin or not), or find out from another source?...
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How common are apparitions of Mary and/or other Saints amongst non-Catholics?

How common are apparitions of Mary and/or other Saints amongst non-Catholics? There are many testimonies about these sorts of apparitions published on the web, but people who report these experiences ...
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Is Zion associated with Mary in Catholic doctrine?

In the accepted answer to this question, How is the Catholic interpretation of the Woman of the Apocalypse as being Mary reconciled with the dogma of perpetual virginity?, I find reference to Isaiah ...
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Did Christ incarnate primarily to have a mother?

Are there any theologians (e.g., Doctors or Fathers of the Church) who thought that, regardless whether Adam had sinned, Christ still would have incarnated, primarily to have a mother and sanctify her*...
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If Mary is sinless then how is Christ her victory?

Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox church believe in the sinlessness of Mary. Although their beliefs differ, they agree on the belief that "Mary was sinless." If Mary is sinless (i.e. the ...
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Is St. Joseph the greatest saint after the Blessed Virgin Mary?

According to Catholic teaching, is St. Joseph the greatest saint after the Blessed Virgin Mary?
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If Mary could be conceived without the stain of original sin, why didn't God do this for all people? [duplicate]

If the Blessed Virgin was immaculately conceived without the stain of original sin and be full of grace so that she would not even want to sin, why didn't God do this for all people?
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Was Mary ceremoniously married to Joseph when she left to serve Elizabeth?

We see at Mtt 1: 18-24, how Joseph was asked to accept Mary as his wife. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she ...
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Who was the Blessed Virgin Mary's guardian angel?

Catholic teaching is that "Every one of the faithful has his own special guardian angel from baptism. (Sent. certa.)" (Ludwig Ott II ch. 3 §30.2; cf. Matt 18:10: "See that you despise ...
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How is it that the Virgin Mary was able to understand without discernment that it really was the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her?

Many people, including me, are confused about apparitions. We read about the apparition of St Gabriel in Luke Chapter 1. Luke 1:34: "And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I ...
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What is the purpose of the ten Hail Marys in the Rosary if you should not focus on them?

Many Catholics pray the Rosary every day. This is very good. They are meditating on the holy Mysteries. What I don't really get is the ten Hail Marys. I am not saying that it's vain repetition. That's ...
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How is the apparition in Luke chapter one different from other apparitions, such as in Lourdes?

Many people, including me, are confused about apparitions. We read about the apparition of St Gabriel in Luke Chapter 1. Luke 1:34: "And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I ...
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Is there a sect of Christians that believe in the divinity of Mary, Mother of Jesus? [closed]

Is there a sect (dissenting or schismatic) of Christians that believe in the divinity of Mary, Mother of Jesus?
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Why did Jesus commit Mary into the care of the beloved disciple, not James, who is known as his brother?

According to John's Gospel Jesus on the cross committed his mother to the care of the Beloved Disciple, not to his brother, James. Admittedly James was not there. However, I wonder if this indicates ...
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Catholic view on Mary's free will

In Luke's gospel, we read about Mary's consent to become mother of Jesus. The question:was it a free decision? If so, what is the authoritative statement of the Church. What council or pope addressed ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the original intent of the term “virgin” in Lk 1:26-27? [duplicate]

We read of the Annunciation at Lk 1:26-27: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house ...
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Did Mary have the assistance of a midwife on the birth of Jesus?

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. - Mark 2:7 Swaddling clothes are narrow strips ...
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Who is a Reformed substitute for Catholic Marian Doctrine in exemplifying the new dignity accorded women?

A pattern I see in scripture is that God performs a literal act in history, then makes it into the concrete support for a doctrinal principle, a fitting example. He creates the world and all of ...
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According to the Catholicism, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35?

According to the Catholic Church, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, ...
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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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Why is the story of Joachim and Anne considered true in tradition but mentioned only in apocryphal works?

Recently I have been reading about different Christian traditions that aren't neccesarily written in scripture but have been accepted by the RCC (and sometimes Orthodox Church) as tradition and true. ...
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