Lumen Gentium 54

Why did Vatican II address Mary and her role (Lumen Gentium 52-69)? Here’s what the bishops hoped to accomplish:

Wherefore this Holy Synod, in expounding the doctrine on the Church, in which the divine Redeemer works salvation, intends to describe with diligence both the role of the Blessed Virgin in the mystery of the Incarnate Word and the Mystical Body, and the duties of redeemed (hu)mankind toward the Mother of God, who is mother of Christ and mother of (human beings), particularly of the faithful.

And here’s what Lumen Gentium did not intend to do:

It does not, however, have it in mind to give a complete doctrine on Mary, nor does it wish to decide those questions which the work of theologians has not yet fully clarified. Those opinions therefore may be lawfully retained which are propounded in Catholic schools concerning her, who occupies a place in the Church which is the highest after Christ and yet very close to us.(Cfr. Paulus Pp. VI, allocutio in Concilio, die 4 dec. 1963: AAS 56 (1964) p. 37.)

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