[quote=Neithan]If he did say that then I’m surprised–every Catholic knows (or at least should, especially on a public program) that Mary is not divine! She is, however, hailed as Queen of Heaven.
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The use of the word “divine” was used somewhat interchangeably with “holy” and “sacred” and “blessed” in English spiritual works, even as late as the beginning of the 20th Century. If you read some of the older titles re-published by TAN, which are usually translations from some other language like French or Italian, this usage of “divine” pops up fairly often.
For example in the first chapter of TAN’s edition of the 19th Century English-translation of St. Louis de Monfort’s “True Devotion to Mary,” the author refers to Mary as “divine.” But the meaning is not “Divine” with a capital “D,” as in the Divine Nature of the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity. Rather, the meaning should understood to be “most holy” or “of the greatest sanctity,” and English-speaking Catholics of that era would have understood this to be the case.
I think that American Catholics, especially, have become hypersensitive to words and phrases that might give a Protestant the wrong impression. At first, I think the switch to words and phrases – regarding saints and devotions, etc. – which aren’t “loaded” with Catholic presuppositions was done deliberately, in the hopes that the Catholic Faith and Church would become more approachable from a Protestant perspective. This began in earnest about 60 years ago, judging by subtle and sometimes sharp changes in Catholic literature and liturgy. But then it mutated in our subconsciences from a deliberate avoidance to a self-inflicted hypersensitivity over time. That’s my theory anyway . . .
In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
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