Mary
Part 5 Mary and Theology

Chapter m53 Virginity

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Doctrinal Content

Magisterium

History of Doctrine

Ecumenical Considerations

Liturgical Celebration - Rank

Liturgy - Date

History of the Feast

Readings at the Eucharist

Readings at the Liturgy of the Hours

Social Significance -- Homily Points

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

What does the Catholic Church teach about Mary?  Have you taken a theology course on Mary? Where can you find current Church teaching on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

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Bibliography

 Pope Paul VI,  Marialis Cultus, Apostolic Exhortation for the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1974 Feb 02   Text available in English at  http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Paul06/p6marial.htm

Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater, Encyclical Letter, March 25, 1987

John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Apostolic Letter on the Most Holy Rosary, 2002 Oct 16  can be found at  http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae_en.html

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Doctrinal Content

 role of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

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Magisterium

 The perpetual virginity of Mary has never been the subject of an infallible doctrinal pronouncement.

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History of Doctrine

 role of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

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Ecumenical Considerations

role of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

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Liturgical Celebration - Rank

 None?

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Liturgy - Date

 None?

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History of the Feast 

 None?

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Readings at the Eucharist

 None

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Readings at the Liturgy of the Hours

None

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Social Significance -- Homily Points

The virginity of Mary is not primarily about her sexual activity but about her state of mind.  She was "single minded"  -- she was intent on doing the will of God.  We too are called to this single-mindedness. 

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 How do you harmonize in your mind 1) the virginity of Mary and 2) the fact that she was married to Joseph.  (If Mary and Joseph did not love one another, they were not married.)

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