Be not afraid!
Jesus is certainly the sole source of our redemption.
1st CORINTHIANS 1:30 30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; 31 therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”
Jesus is also the sole source of or wisdom, righteousness, and sactification.
Yet the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church, and us have a “koinonia” or “participation” in Christ’s work—our Blessed Virgin Mother preeminently so.
If the Church officially proclaims this doctrine of Mary as Coredemtrix (that has been in other senses proclaimed many times already), they will know full-well how to put forth an accurate definition because they will be protected by the Holy Spirit from putting forth anything but an accurate and insightful definition.
Will the doctrine’s definition get attacked? Yes of course.
But look back upon these “attacks” and you will see the Holy Spirit, through the Church deepen our understanding of the Trinitarian God and how He works (the good angels marvel at this phenomena as we should too–see Ephesians 3:10).
The graces the Church and the world gets from things like this will help with expected Protestant complaints and objections.
The Trent Session 25 issue about Jesus our ONE REDEEMER should be a non-issue.
We already get this same type of objection brought up with the “ONE MEDIATOR between God and man” issue from Protestants (1st Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus).
As a matter of fact reading Trent Session 25 in a fuller context reveals this exact point in part–just because Jesus is our ONE mediator, we cannot conclude that it is not “good and useful suppliantly to invoke them” (the Saints).
COUNCIL OF TRENT SESSION 25** The holy Synod enjoins on all bishops, and others who sustain the office and charge of teaching, that, agreeably to the usage of the Catholic and Apostolic Church, received from the primitive times of the Christian religion, and agreeably to the consent of the holy Fathers, and to the decrees of sacred Councils, they especially instruct the faithful diligently concerning the intercession and invocation of saints; the honour (paid) to relics; and the legitimate use of images: teaching them, that the saints, who reign together with Christ, offer up their own prayers to God for men; that it is good and useful suppliantly to invoke them, and to have recourse to their prayers, aid, (and) help for obtaining benefits from God, through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who is our alone Redeemer and Saviour; but that they think impiously, who deny that the saints, . . . are to be invocated; or who assert either that they do not pray for men; or, that the invocation of them to pray for each of us even in particular, is idolatry; or, that it is repugnant to the word of God; . . .
. . . . . are wholly to be condemned, as the Church has already long since condemned, and now also condemns them.
The question isn’t if Jesus is our ONE mediator and ONE Redeemer.
Jesus is our ONE mediator and ONE Redeemer.
The issue is HOW did/does Jesus our ONE mediator and ONE Redeemer carry out His mediation and carried out His Redemption.
Vatican II has already referred to our Blessed Mother in this context as “helper” or “Adiutricis”.
The Holy Spirit through the Church will guide and protect us in such matters (if the Church chooses to put forth a more formal definition).
The anti-Catholics will all be crowing about how the Church will have just invented this doctrine out of thin air then. And Pope John Paul II would tell us, “Be not afraid”.
VATICAN II Lumen Gentium Section 62 This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into their blessed home. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. This, however, is so understood that it neither takes away anything from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficacy of Christ the one Mediator.
No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer; but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by his ministers and the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is radiated in different ways among his creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.
The Church does not hesitate to profess this subordinate role of Mary, which it constantly experiences and recommends to the heartfelt attention of the faithful, so that encouraged by this maternal help they may the more closely adhere to the Mediator and Redeemer.
I understand the trepidation of my fellow Catholics about this. But Pope John Paul II and so many others that have already taught this doctrine, likewise already knew well the documents of Trent, far better than I do (so I do not see Session 25 as a “deal breaker”).
If the Church proclaims it I am all for it. If not, I am submissive to that too. My preference? Proclamation.