Curious about the Co-Redemptrix doctrine


#1

The doctrine essentially says that the Blessed Virgin Mary was required for the Incarnation, and thus is a component of God’s plan for salvation; “co-redemptrix.”

John the Baptist was necessary to fulfill prophecies of the Messiah in the book of Isaiah. Wouldn’t he too then be a co-redemptrix, as he cooperated in the plan of salvation?


#2

The doctrine of co-redemptrix has never been defined dogmatically by the Catholic Church. I don’t think we need to defined it because we already know that all Christians co-operate and thus become co-redemptix. Co redemptrix means with. It doesn’t mean equal. It taking part of the redemptrix work of Christ. How you might say? We’ll Jesus tells us that we must bear our own crosses, and suffer just as he finished. We ourselves will be like him for we died with him if we are martyred for our faith.


For Catholics: Do you think the Pope should dogmatically declare Mary to be Co-Remptrix?
#3

Yes. John the Baptist or anyone who cooperated in our Redeemer’s work can be called a co-redeemer, co-redemptor (male) or co-redemptrix (female). However, the Church says:
“In a wholly singular way she [the Virgin Mary] cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 968)

Thus, the Virgin Mary is the co-redemptrix par excellence.


For Catholics: Do you think the Pope should dogmatically declare Mary to be Co-Remptrix?
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