One of the biblical teachings of the Catholic Church that is hard for Protestants to accept and believe are the teachings concerning the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Sinlessness of Mary or her Immaculate conception is seen by Protestants as directly contradicting scriptures particularly Romans 3:23. However, if we are to have a complete reading of the Bible we can easily see that this doctrine of the Catholic Church is not contradictory to passages in the Bible. The Immaculate Conception of Mary is referring to Mary conception inside the womb of her mother, not the conception of Christ by Mary. The Blessed Virgin Mary is sinless not because of her own doing or her personal piety but it is a privilege given to her by God for she is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah as the virgin who will conceived the Emmanuel (Is. 7:14). Contrary to the understanding of Protestants concerning the Immaculate Conception it was not the Catholic Church who made Mary Immaculate, it was God, the Church only affirmed the privilege given by God to Mary. Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of Immaculate Conception in Apostolic Constitution entitled Ineffabilis Deus. Pope Pius IX in the following words defined the dogma of Immaculate Conception. Continue reading
One of the less explored title of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the title which calls her “Co-mediatrix of all grace”. The apparent hesitation to speak of this title is understandable to the fact that it can easily be misunderstood by those who are not theologically trained to discuss and teach matters of complication. Mary’s title “co-mediatrix” is not an attempt to put the Blessed Virgin Mary in par with Christ’s mediatorship nor to make her a mediator in the same way that Jesus Christ mediated for us (1 Timothy 2:5-6). Calling Mary as the “Co-mediatrix of all grace” affirms her indirect and remote cooperation in God’s plan of salvation by knowingly and willingly gave birth to the redeemer. Mary did not only gave the redeemer his Human nature but also in order that by means of the nature assumed from her, he might be the Redeemer of man. This title of Mary should be viewed in the light of the Incarnation of the second Person of the Holy Trinity. On its own merit it cannot stand nor be justified as a title of Mary because its validity solely depends on God’s act of salvation, the grace whom Mary mediated is Jesus Christ by giving birth to him. World renowned Mariologist Fr. Juniper Carol, O.F.M laid down three explanation why Mary is co-mediatrix of all grace. Continue reading
Protestants generally believe that Mary had other sons and that Jesus Christ is not a lone child of Mary and Joseph. Brant Petri a professor of Biblical studies presents the biblical and historical proof that Mary remained a perpetual virgin after the birth of Jesus Christ.
There’s an obvious parallelism betweem Mary and the Ark of the Old Covenant. As Steve Ray pointed out in his website, the allusion to Mary as being the Ark of the New covenant is clearly laid down in the Sacred Scriptures.
When writing his gospel St. Luke is clearly thinking of the Ark of Old covenant, thus he likened Mary to an Ark.
The Ark of the Old Covenant is an allusion to the coming of Jesus Christ, Mary too is seen as a type of an Ark which carried Christ for 9 months.
People are often question what the Church does to address the problem of poverty. Unlike private and government entities the Catholic Church do not advertise its charitable works, it works behind a veil of secrecy. But for the sake of refuting critics who are bearing false witness against our beloved Church, here are some of the partial list of charitable works that they Church is supporting.
Primary schools: 36,613
Secondary schools: 12,060
Leprosy centers: 229
Homes for the elderly: 632
Marriage counseling centers: 1,728
Primary schools: 16,097
Secondary schools: 10,450
Leprosy centers: 322
Homes for the elderly: 2,520
Marriage counseling centers: 933
Primary schools: 23,195
Secondary schools: 10,965
Leprosy centers: 72
Homes for the elderly: 3,815
Marriage counseling centers: 5,636
Primary schools: 15,884
Secondary schools: 9,633
Leprosy centers: 21
Homes for the elderly: 8,200
Marriage counseling centers: 6,173
Primary schools: 3,456
Secondary schools: 675
Leprosy centers: 4
Homes for the elderly: 537
Marriage counseling centers: 274
Despite of just depending on people’s donations the Church have done a lot to address the problem of poverty compared to other organizations.