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Lumen Gentium 55

Part two of Lumen Gentium‘s “epilogue” on the Blessed Mother continues with a section that examines “The Role of the Blessed Mother in the Economy of Salvation.” The Sacred Scriptures of both the Old and the New Testament, as well … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 53

You’ll probably find these Lumen Gentium sections on Mary, though well-footnoted, to be less dense than what preceded them. Today’s section finds the council bishops laying their case for the Catholic affection for the Mother of God: The Virgin Mary, … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 52

The last several sections of Lumen Gentium treat, as the chapter headings suggests, “THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD IN THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.“ Sections 52 through 69 serve as a document to itself. It has … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 51

The council does two things here. First, it affirms Catholic teaching on dead believers as elucidated in previous councils. And second, it urges perspective and an elimination of abuses which have been associated with Catholic expression for the dead. Nothing … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 50

Vatican II on saints: a bit of history beginning with martyrs, then working to the veneration of religious, then folks who were just plain good role models. Fully conscious of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 49

What the Church teaches on the role of and our relationship with the dead: Until the Lord shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him (Cf. Mt. 25, 31.) and death being destroyed, all things are subject … Continue reading

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