Daily Archives: August 15, 2012
15 August, Feast of the Assumption:
By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory
(Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus)
I am now curious to know about some post-V II interpretations of this dogma, possibly from German bishops or archbishops. To them, the temptation to attack another dogma under pretence of orthodoxy must be irresistible. Otherwise they would be seen as demanding from their faithful that they believe in miracles! This cannot be, surely?
We might, perchance, hear someone explaining to us that “assumption” is not to be taken literally, but as a token of that destiny which hopefully awaits all of us. Very modern, you see. Snazzy. Ideal for modern “committed” perverts and adulterers. Plus, if one “interprets” the dogma in this way he can still say “I believe in the dogma” trying to keep a straight face! Archbishops have been known to do just that!
In fact, if we go down this road someone might even come to the idea that even the Perpetual Virginity of Mary does not have to be seen as “literal” virginity, but as a virginity which does not mean… remaining a virgin.
Who would be so daft as to do that, you might ask?
Alas, you might be surprised…
Reblog of the Assumption
I might have said this, in one form or another, in the past; but as they say, repetita iuvant.
Tomorrow (but celebrated today in the UK) is the Feast of the Assumption. It is the principal feast of the principal victim (after Truth, and Church Unity) of Protestantism.
The Church had already always believed the truth of the Assumption, but it was only with the great Pope Pius XII that the Assumption of Mary was proclaimed as dogma. Before, almost everyone believed. Afterwards, everyone had to believe.
What we are requested to believe is the same that was believed by fifteen centuries of Church history before the heresies of Luther and co., as well as afterwards. The Church never changes Her theology, but her theology organically grows, like a tree that is always the same tree when young and slender or when old and mighty. Please tell this…
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