Monday, August 13, 2007

Mass of the Archangels

This coming September 28, St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael Minnesota, will be having a conference to celebrate the Mass of the Archangels. The speakers will be: Fr. Pablo Straub, Mother Nadine Brown, Fr. Matthew Hincks, ORC, Dr. Mark Miravalle, and Saturday evening Mass with co-adjuctor Archbishop John Nienstadt. If you are in the area and have an interest, consider attending - it sounds like it may be an interesting few days.

But I’m interested in hearing thoughts on something that strikes me as odd. One of the speakers, as I said above, is Dr. Miravalle. Many will recognize his name from Relevant Radio. I really don’t know much about him other than that he is probably a pretty sharp guy being that he’s a Professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Miravalle has been involved with a campaign over the last few years. This campaign has been to persuade the Holy Father to define the fifth Marian Dogma, proclaiming Our Lady as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate.

Here is an excerpt from a letter Dr. Miravalle has written on the subject:

Now, my friends in Jesus and Mary, it is our turn to manifest our love for our Mother and our desire to see her solemnly crowned on earth for what she is already crowned in heaven.

Following the example of these heroic Marian cardinals and bishops, let us manifest our minds and hearts to our Holy Father for the solemn papal definition of Our Lady’s spiritual motherhood as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate. Please send a brief personal note to Pope Benedict, expressing your own heartfelt desire for the fifth Marian Dogma of Mary as the Spiritual Mother of all peoples. Your personal petition can be in any form that you would like to express, from your heart, concerning your desire to have our Holy Father solemnly proclaim Our Lady as the world’s Spiritual Mother. The Holy Father’s postal address is:
What strikes me as odd is not giving our Lady these titles, I would have absolutely no problem at all if the Holy Father decided to declare this as the fifth Marian dogma. But what I find weird is the idea that we as laity have the right/ability to push for a dogma to be defined based on some direct mail campaign.

Is it a good idea for the doctor to be promoting this type of thing? Even assuming that there is a desire by the Pope to define this dogma, is it ok to "lean" on the Pope to hurry it along? Just how many letters does the Vatican need to receive for the Pope to say “uncle” and give in to an overwhelming response? Are dogmas defined based on heartfelt desire or popularity? Does this smack of the inmates running the asylum?

Am I way off here?


Joshua 24:15 said...

Hmmm. From just the info you presented, I would agree that this doesn't seem to be a very "infallible" way to decide on dogma...

BUT, if it is OK, then let's all please write to the Holy Father, strongly suggesting that St Michael parish should get a brand new K-12 schoool.

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

You are NOT way off. He seems a little obsessed! Didn't P.John Paul II already clarify the importance of Mary and her role as Co-redemptrix in one or more of his encyclicals? I think his (Dr. Miravalle's) devotion is honorable, but maybe bordering on silly at this point.

I DO want to go to this event. It sounds really interesting. That Mother Nadine Brown sounds a bit kooky. I'm super interested in hearing the co-adjuctor Archibishop in person.

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

...oh, and I'll get right on that letter writing campaign, Joshua! except first, I think I'll petition the U.S.C.C.B because they are really good at bugging the Holy Father over and over like a bunch of 3 year olds until they get their way!

swissmiss said...

Like Laura said, didn't JPII already declare Mary co-redemptrix? I guess I don't understand the need and it seems a bit legalistic to me. I think B16 has bigger fish to fry.