That you for your answer, I can tell you don’t think I’m trying to attack, just to undo a knot that might not be there. :o
We agree that there is salvation in no one else, and that salvation is entirely from Jesus (I do understand that is indeed what the RCC teaches, as well). But I do think it is important that His name is mentioned, in that His name has specific meaning, is above every name, is something we are to confess before men, represent, etc…
Salvation does not come from Mary.
Absolutely. And unlike some other protestants I see that clearly taught in a direct manner by the RCC.
Confessing the Marian dogmas does not make salvation come from Mary (this is probably the point where we see things differently). It all comes from Jesus.
You’re right, this is where the issue is, and it may be a matter of perspective. Those “inside” the RCC see things from one direction, those “outside” see it from the other, almost like an order of operations.
To believe in Jesus is to confess certain truths. Fully human, fully divine. The Trinity. The Marian dogmas are not apart from these, but wrapped up in the Truth about Jesus and his body, the Church. It’s all under Jesus, from whom salvation comes. Mary isn’t the origin of any salvation or redemption (only Jesus). Believing in certain truths about our religion doesn’t mean we believe Mary is actually giving us salvation. Does that make sense (even if you arent sure or don’t think it correct)? It all comes from proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord, and the deposit of faith revealed to his Apostles by him, the Father, and Holy Spirit.
It may help to be more concrete in an example; so we can use the Assumption of Mary. In essence, it can’t be replaced by a confession about something about Jesus (in order to enter the RCC), it is directly about Mary and was proclaimed dogmatic in 1950. Prior to that, anyone entering the church was not responsible for believing in it dogmatically, though it was widely discussed and held. But, when it is added to dogma you now have converts that also must confess, at least by general confession, that Mary was assumed into Heaven in order to enter the RCC.
For the sake of conversation we can even posit that the assumption of Mary did indeed happen. It isn’t the veracity of it that I’m hung up on, it is that to enter the RCC, there is now something about someone else’s person, their name in effect, that one has to confess prior to admittance to a Church that also teaches outside of the church there is no salvation. Hence salvation is, at least indirectly, tied to another name. Again, I see that from “inside” the RCC it is almost a moot point, or not a big deal in terms of linking it to salvation, but from outside looking it, it is a big deal at least on a logical level in trying to get it inline with Acts.