[quote=gelsbern]Twice in Cardinal Ratzinger’s talk during the funeral of the Pope, the following was said:
and I pulled these directly from the vatican site.
Beata Virgo Maria, apostolorum Regina et Salus populi Romani, apud Deum intercedat ut vultum Filii sui benedicti Papæ nostro ostendat atque Ecclesiam luce resurrectionis eius consoletur.
Which translates into
Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles and Savior of the people of Rome, Interceed for us to God …
Sancta Maria, Salus populi Romani, ora pro eo
Which translates into:
Blessed Mary, Savior of the people of Rome, pray for us.
My question is when did Mary become the Savior?
Salvatrix is an ancient title for Mary. It’s nothing new. We speak of firemen saving people from a fire. We should not hesitate to speak of Mary saving people either. Mary is not less of a savior than a fireman! Mary saves not independently of God, but in union with Him. She is God’s handmaid as well as His mother and queen of His heart. So to speak of Mary as our Salvatrix does not detract from the fact that God is also, and in a more fundamental or ultimate way our Savior since any power that Mary has comes from Him, has its source in Him.
You should know that the Bible describes people other than God with the word “savior.”
I think your translation is not quite correct though. “Salus” means not savior but salvation. Hence we speak of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus – “Outside the Church, No Salvation”
Maybe if you translate less literally it would translate the way you translated. Just a minor correction