[quote="motherofjames, post:3, topic:194366"]
I am not a theologian, but I am very interesting in learning all I can about Jesus and his followers. My understanding of Mary Magdalene is that she was a redeemed adulteress who after her conversion committed her life to Christ and was one of his closest friends.
Is this how the Easter Church views her?
While there are many stories of her life, these are not the official Western Church position. **
Saint Mary Magdalene was with the Blessed Virgin and the other Mary at foot of cross [Matthew 27:36] and observed the burial [Matt 27:61]; She went to the Tomb on Sunday to prepare the Body [Matt 28:1] and was the first to whom Jesus appeared [Mark 16:9] Jesus had cast seven devils out of her which has caused her to be sometimes identified with prostitute who washed Jesus feet with tears; She has also sometimes been identified with Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus; The current Church Calendar stipulates her to be only the woman at the cross. **