Catholicism I 

  Concerning Mary


    The Catechism teaches: “Taken up to heaven she (Mary) did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…” Pg. 252, #969


“Being obedient she (Mary) became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.” Pg. 125, #494


“Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”  Pg. 252, #969


The Bible says that there is NO other mediator:  


  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Tim. 2:5


The Catechism teaches:

“Mary remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin.” Pg. 128 #510



The Bible says that Mary and Joseph consummated their marriage after Jesus was born:


And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:25 


-Note: The term “firstborn” always implies that there were more sons, or children.

  Mary had other children:


 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: [25] And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25


    Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children. Matthew 27:56


    While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Matthew 12:46


        But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. Galatians 1:19                                                                              


    Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? [56] And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? Matthew 13:55-56


  And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses [Jesus’ brother] beheld where he was laid. Mark 15:47


    There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. Mark 3:31


Because these verses so clearly contradict Catholic doctrine, the  Catechism gives this explanation:

“The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, ‘brothers of Jesus,’ are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ…” Pg. 126 #500).


The Catechism teaches: “By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.” Pg. 124, #493

“Espousing the divine will for salvation whole-heartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son…” Pg. 124, #494

“Mary is the most excellent fruit of redemption (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life.” Pg. 128 #508 (See also Pg. 191, #722)


Mary needed a Savior

 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, [47] And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Luke 1:46-47


The Catechism teaches:


“The Church’ s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.” Pg. 253, #971


Mary cannot be worshipped or adored:


  -To designate an image as ‘venerable’ and ‘holy’ is blasphemy. The word ‘venerable’ is derived from the Latin word venerare meaning ‘to worship’.


  “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. [4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: [5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…”Exodus 20:3-5


And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. [10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:9-10


Mary was treated like any other woman:


 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. John 2:4


 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? Luke 2:49


      While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. [47] Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. [48] But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? [49] And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! [50] For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Matt.  12:46-50


    Mary had to do God’s will







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