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May 29-31, 1998
vol 9, no. 104

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The high and low notes a mother's love

     In this weekend's issue we bring you the second part of A Mother's suffering can reach the highest notes in Heaven in this new feature that we are bringing you every weekend. It is a heart-rendering sharing of the trials and triumphs that the Hidden Flower has experienced as a locutionist and a wife and mother over the years in an honest, soul-searching style that will illuminate all as to what it means to suffer for the glory of God. Her third rendition this weekend deals with the trials of a mother who suffers with her children, especially a sick son. She strives to take his suffering to herself in order to alleviate his pains and feelings of hopelessness. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

A Mother's suffering can reach the highest notes in Heaven
part two

Cyndi Cain

The Final Marian Dogma with Mark Miravalle's proposal to the Pope

     This weekend we bring you the final installment of our two part treatment on the Final Marian Dogma as a special insert in our on-going megaseries on the Church today with the rationale for the Holy Father proclaiming the Fifth Marian Dogma of Mary as CoRedemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces. The author is Dr. Mark Miravalle, an esteemed professor of Theology and Mariology at the prestigious Franciscan University at Stuebenville. Coincidentally, Pope John Paul II, who has been in contact with Mark and is well aware of the call for this special Dogma, has personally invited him to Rome this week. Though many believe his presence there is strictly for the Lay Conference that will finish up on Saturday. Regardless, the Holy Spirit is with the Holy Father and the Church as we focus on the Spouse of the Sanctifier. For the second part of Dr. Miravalle's rationale, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
      With the Solemnity of Pentecost this weekend and coinciding this year with the Feast of the Visitation and the day Pope Benedict XV set aside for dioceses from Belgium to anywhere else in the world to honor the Blessed Mother with the title of Mary, Mediatrix of all graces we thought it appropriate to bring you the rationale for this by Mariologist Dr. Mark Miravalle. There has also been quite a bit of speculation that the Holy Father will proclaim the Dogma of Mary as CoRedemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces. While we feel it is highly unlikely and still seems a long shot, we are nevertheless bringing you the second part of this rationale for this "Final Dogma" because of its importance. Dr. Miravalle, professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University at Stuebenville, is author of the book "Mary: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate."

Mary: Advocate for the People of God

      Thirdly, Mary is our Advocate for the People of God, in that she takes the petitions of her earthly children, especially in times of difficulties, and brings them through her maternal intercession before her Son and our Lord Jesus.

      In the Old Testament, the Queen Mother brought the petitioned needs of the people of Israel to the throne of her son the king (cf. 1 Kings 2:19). Now Mary is the new Queen Mother and Advocate in the new Kingdom of her Son, who brings the petitioned needs of the People of God to the throne of her glorious Son, Christ the King, particularly in our own present difficult times.

      The Co-Redemptive role of the mother of Jesus as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate for the People of God is already contained in the official and authoritative teachings of the Church's Magisterium. Now, at the summit of the Marian era, what remains is the final proclamation by the Church of this final Marian doctrine as Christian dogma revealed by God.

Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici

      The book "Mary Co-Redemptrix Mediatrix Advocate" theologically expounds this coredemptive role of Mary in Scripture, Apostolic Tradition, and the teachings of the Church's Magisterium, and humbly calls for our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to proclaim and define the Co-Redemptive role of Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate as "Christian dogma revealed by God, in rightful veneration of the Mother of Jesus, and for the good of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church of Christ." Cardinal Luigi Ciappi, O.P., who served as papal Theologian for every pope from Pius XII to John Paul II, has written the foreword in strong endorsement of this work, and himself asserts, quoting the call for the papal definition of Mary Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, "I share the hope of Dr. Mark Miravalle."

      Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici (Voice of the People for Mary Mediatrix) is an international lay organization that seeks to work for the papal definition of our Lady as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate by gathering petitions from the faithful throughout the world in humble support of our Holy Father for this final Marian dogma.

      Vox Populi is distributing this work throughout the world in several languages including English, Spanish, German, Polish, Dutch, Russian, French, and Italian, and has already received over one million petitions from over seventy countries throughout the world.

      This international Catholic movement has also received the endorsement of twenty-one cardinals and numerous bishops from the six continents of the world.

      Mother Teresa of Calcutta gave her signature and support as well, and has asked that Dr. Miravalle's book and petition sheets be sent to over six hundred Missionary of Charity houses throughout the world.

      Vox Populi has received the official endorsement of the international council of the Legion of Mary, which also seeks to gather petitions from its members.

      The two previous popes who defined Marian dogmas, Pius IX and Pius XII, both referred to the international petitions of the faithful as one of the criteria that led to the final acts of papally defining the Marian dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.

NEXT WEEK: Second part of Father Dominik Maria's article on the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.


This weekend's Prayer is in honor of the Feast of Pentecost, honoring the Holy Spirit Click on PRAYERS & DEVOTION


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      LOS ANGELES ( - Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles announced on Thursday that he has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery next week to have his prostate gland removed.

      The cardinal acknowledged that he was diagnosed with the cancer earlier this year, but put off the scheduled surgery until after the busy Lent and Easter seasons. The 62-year-old cardinal said the cancer was detected in its early stages. "I am very grateful to almighty God for the advance warning of this potentially serious form of cancer," Cardinal Mahony said.

      The operation is scheduled for June 15 and he said doctors told him they expect him to make a full recovery. Cardinal Mahony succeed Cardinal Timothy Manning as leader of the largest archdiocese in the United States in September, 1985.


      VATICAN ( -- At a Vatican meeting of the leaders of lay Catholic movements, the central topic of discussion was the proper relationship between the "spontaneity" of those movements and the hierarchy of the Church.

      Gianfranco Ghrilanda, SJ, a professor of canon law at the Gregorian University, suggested that the Holy See should devise a new legal code for these movements, since they often do not fall within the scope of existing Church rules. "These movements represent such an original thing in the life of the Church that it would be in conflict with their spirit to force them to conform to the already existing juridical structures," he said.

      Professor David Schindler of the Pope John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC, affirmed that the challenge would be to find a way to express "a distinction between institution and charism that does not imply an opposition." He stressed the need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide the new lay movements, without sacrificing the need for those movements to be governed by the hierarchy.


      ORLANDO, Florida ( - The pro-life group Operation Rescue announced on Wednesday that it would hold protests in Orlando and at Walt Disney World during the annual homosexual gathering called "Gay Days" in the theme park.

      More than 100,000 homosexuals and lesbians are expected to visit the Orlando mega-theme park and other attractions in the area during the first weekend in June. The Walt Disney Co. said it does not officially sponsor the events. But the Rev. Flip Benham, president of Operation Rescue, Disney is a target of their protests because it once touted its family values and now promotes a secular world-view.

      Benham said he and his group will enter the park during the "Gay Days" and "we'll make ourselves known." He added, "If they think they're going to just drive by us at the gate, they're wrong. They'll get the same thing inside the park that they get when they show up at the abortion clinics." Benham was arrested last year during the "Gay Days" for obstructing traffic outside Disney World.


      VATICAN ( -- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has voiced his "reservations" about the large number of public celebrations scheduled for the Jubilee Year 2000.

      Speaking to reporters in Rome at the close of a conference of lay movements, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith emphasized that he was not opposed to the celebrations, but would be uncomfortable in the midst of a "permanently celebratory structure." He pointed out that one journal had listed 240 celebrations for the Jubilee, and added that these could not possibly be intended for all Catholics.

      The cardinal also observed that there are many people who reject the entire premise behind the Jubilee celebrations, because they reject the notion that the Incarnation is an important event for today's Christians. The events of the Jubilee should provide Christians with an opportunity to evangelize such people, he said.


      SANTIAGO, Chile ( - Archbishop Francisco Errazuriz, the new archbishop of Santiago, on Wednesday called on Chilean authorities to see that protecting and supporting families is the best way to help children in need.

      The archbishop made his statement as Chile's Congress discusses changes to the "Law of Parenthood," which now recognizes different rights for children who were born within a family than those born out of wedlock. In response to some local media that have accused the Catholic Church of opposing the reform of the law, Archbishop Errazuriz said: "The bishops unequivocally support this initiative but we stress that the best way to prevent evils is to first strengthen the family."

      "What real difference would new law makes to a child born out of wedlock if he has already been deprived of his right to have a stable home, and to receive adequate emotional support?," he asked. He added that out-of-wedlock children deserve to have good education and health assistance, just as all children do, "but all that and more is better guaranteed by a family than by the state."

      Archbishop Errazuriz took over leadership of the Archdiocese of Santiago on May 17. One of his first announcements was the implementation of the Family Pastoral Department, which was created by his predecessor, Cardinal Carlos Oviedo, in 1997. On Monday, Archbishop Errazuriz officially opened the office of the new department.

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May 29-31, 1998 volume 9, no. 104   DAILY CATHOLIC