Originally posted by ivanhoe
If you want theological reasons for calling Mary co-redemtrix you'll find many sites dealing with this issue. Mary is co-redemtrix in the way that we Christians are all co-redeemers, or at least should be.
The fifth and last Marian dog ...[text shortened]... htm
Interesting stuff. There is a lot of incoherent double-talk on that site (what I call
touchy-feely theology with no pith), but there are a few good articles. I think that
this article was the most successful at explaining the stance:
In short, for the RC-antagonists out there, the stance is this: the word
'Co-Redemptrix' derives from the Latin, meaning 'cum redemptor,' that
is 'with the Redeemer.' This does not imply nor suggest equality, as there
is only One Redeemer in the RC Church. It uses the analogy of Adam and
Eve; Adam is the head of Eve and the head of the family, but that does not
mean that Eve is inconsequental. Similarly, while Christ is head of the
faithful, and Mary, as a member of the faithful, is subordinate to Him.
However, as 'the most blessed among women,' and demonstrably having
a special place in heaven as a result, her earthly role as Theotokos
leads naturally to an important medating role in heaven; as Christ's first
and last advocate in His pre-Resurrection ministry, so too is she active
in Heaven as Mediatrix.
In truth, Ivanhoe, if I had a vested interest in this, I would be worried about
the 'slippery slope.' Co-Redemptrix may derive
from 'with the Redeemer,'
but I think that it isn't unreasonable to believe that it would come to mean
'equal to the Redeemer' in short order, which is a dangerous and heretical
theological point of view.
Interesting stuff. I've never really known much about this. I will discuss it
with the Sister with whom I work, as she holds Mary in high esteem.