The following questions have been asked of me by a Baptist
Unless otherwise noted, quotations under “What Rome Says” are from the following official Roman Catholic catechisms:
A: The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, English Translation Copyright 1994, United States Catholic Conference. Numbers in brackets indicate page and article numbers.
B: The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism, by John A. Hardon, S.J., copyright 1981.
C: The New Saint Jospeph Baltimore Catechism, Official Revised Edition No. 2; Copyright 1962.
D. Saint Joseph Annotated Catechism, by Rev. Anthony Schraner, Copyright 1981
Mary as Redeemer
What Rome Says
(Ref. A1) “(Mary) by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix.” [A: Page 252, #969]
(Ref. A2) “She (Mary) cooperated . . . in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls.” [A: Page 252, #968]
(Ref. A3) “Mary is called our mediatrix first because she cooperated in a unique way with Christ in his redemptive labors on earth. She is also mediatrix because she continues to intercede for us who are still working out our salvation on earth or suffering in purgatory.” (B: Page 69, #253]
(Ref A4) “Mary is the mediatrix of all graces because of her intercession for us in heaven. What that means is that no grace accrues to us without her intercession. Through God’s will, grace is not conferred on anyone without Mary’s intercession.” (Catholicism and Fundamentalism, by Karl Keating, Copyright 1988; with Nihil Obstat, Imprimatur: Page 279)
(Ref A5) “O god,. . . grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life.” [C: Page 7}
Rome admits there is no Biblical support for this doctrine, but that is came from her ‘sacred Tradition.’
(Ref. B1) “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6)
(Ref. B2) " Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:34)
(Ref. B3) "Wherefore he (Christ) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he (Christ )ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
(Ref. B4) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
(Ref. B5) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
(Ref. B6) “This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12)
(Ref. B7) “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)
Take a few minutes to compare the teaching of Rome with the Word of God. Keep in mind that Rome does agree with the Bible when it says that grace is necessary for salvation (Acts 15:11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 2:5, 8-9). You will soon notice that Rome’s idea of grace and the Bible’s idea of grace are completely different! In this matter of grace, compare (Ref. A4) and (Ref. B4). Now please answer the following questions.