Skip to comments.Anglican archbishop comes under fire for homily at Lourdes [Ecumenical]
Posted on 09/24/2008 4:03:51 PM PDT by NYer
LONDON (CNS) -- Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, England, has come under fire for his homily during a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuaries in Lourdes, France.
Archbishop Williams, leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, said in a homily during a Sept. 24 international Mass at Lourdes that when Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 "she came at first as an anonymous figure, a beautiful lady, a mysterious thing, not yet identified as the Lord's spotless mother.
"And Bernadette -- uneducated, uninstructed in doctrine -- leaped with joy, recognizing that here was life, here was healing," he said. "Only bit by bit does Bernadette find the words to let the world know; only bit by bit, we might say, does she discover how to listen to the Lady and echo what she has to tell us."
He also praised the lives of the saints, saying that their examples "matter so much."
The archbishop later was criticized by the England-based Protestant Truth Society, a group of Anglicans and nonconformists committed to upholding the ideals of the Protestant Reformation.
The Rev. Jeremy Brooks, the group's director of ministry, said: "All true Protestants will be appalled that the archbishop of Canterbury has visited Lourdes and preached there.
"Lourdes represents everything about Roman Catholicism that the Protestant Reformation rejected, including apparitions, Mariolatry and the veneration of saints," he said in a Sept. 24 statement. "The archbishop's simple presence there is a wholesale compromise, and his sermon -- which included a reference to Mary as 'the mother of God' -- is a complete denial of Protestant orthodoxy."
He added, "At a time when our country is crying out for clear biblical leadership, it is nothing short of tragic that our supposedly Protestant archbishop is behaving as little more than a papal puppet."
Archbishop Williams was invited to the sanctuaries, where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette 150 years ago, by Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes. His visit is the first in modern times by an archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishop Williams held talks there with German Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who celebrated the international Mass.
Archbishop Williams was joined by an unprecedented pilgrimage of 10 Church of England bishops, some 60 Anglican priests and about 400 Anglican lay worshippers.
Huh? Jesus is God. Mary gave birth to Him. That makes Mary the Mother of God. Do Protestants deny this?
The title “Mother of God” applied to Mary was well-established in the fifth century—Nestorius got into a lot of trouble for objecting to the expression. He was Patriarch of Constantinople but was forced out and spent the rest of his life at a remote monastery in Egypt.
I never heard of these guys, not being "England based." But they missed the point completely. The druid priest in charge of Canterbury was drawing an analogy between the visitation of Mary and the drool of high profile "Bishop" Vicky Gene.
"Only bit by bit does Bernadette find the words to let the world know; only bit by bit, we might say, does she discover how to listen to the Lady and echo what she has to tell us."
Bernadette is the C of E. "The Lady" is the homosexual from New Hampshire, explaining how "God is doing a new thing!"
I would think it all depends on the context and the manner in which one is speaking of Mary. Of course they acknowledge her as the mother of Jesus. I am reminded of John 1:1-5: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
Protestants believe on one mediator between God and Man (the Lord Jesus Christ) and in the supremacy of Jesus through whom all things were made, including his own mother.
“Huh? Jesus is God. Mary gave birth to Him. That makes Mary the Mother of God. Do Protestants deny this? “
I would say most do. Here’s why: Mary was the earthly mother of the man Jesus, who is Christ. So we don’t say Mary is the mother of God. Mary was an honorable, obedient woman, a servant of God. Not sinless, not the co-redemptrix, not the intercessor. Those titles belong to Jesus Christ alone.
protestants and protestantism has a continual annoying habit of denying or ignoring history unless it is post reformation.....apparently nothing matters or happened between the resurrection and the deformation.
“I would say most do. Heres why: Mary was the earthly mother of the man Jesus, who is Christ. So we dont say Mary is the mother of God.”
So you are, I take it, a Nestorian. And here I thought Nestorianism was stamped out 1500 years ago and now I find its alive and well here in Protestant America!
To say that Mary is not the Theotokos is a Christological heresy and has been since the 5th century, VLL.
"In this work whereby she was made the Mother of God, so many and such good things were given her that no one can grasp them .... Not only was Mary the mother of Him who is born [in Bethlehem], but of Him who, before the world was eternally born of the Father, from a Mother in time and at the same time man and God." Weimer, The Works of Luther, English translation by Pelikan, Consordia, St. Louis, Volume 7, 572
"It cannot be denied that God in choosing and destining Mary to be the Mother of His Son, granted her the highest honor .... Elizabeth calls Mary Mother of the Lord, because the unity of the person in the twonatures of Christ was such that she could have said that the mortal man engendered in the womb of Mary was at the same time the eternal God." Calvini Opera, Corpus Reformatorum, Braunschweig-Berlin, 1863-1900, Volume 45, 348 and 335.
"It was given to her what belongs to no creature, that in the flesh she should bring forth the Son of God." Zwingli Opera, Corpus Reformatorum, Berlin, 1905, in Evang. Luc., Op. Comp., Volume 6, I, 639.
"It is an article of faith that Mary is Mother of the Lord and still a virgin .... Christ, we believe came forth from a womb left perfectly intact." Works of Luther, Volume 11, 319-320; Volume 6, 510.
"The have been certain folk who have wished to suggest from this passage [Matthew 1:25] that the Virgin Mary had other children than the Son of God, and that Joseph had then dwelt with her later; but what folly this is! For the gospel writer did not wish to record what happened afterwards; he simply wished to make clear Joseph's obedience and to show that Joseph had been well and truly assured that it was God who had sent His angel to Mary. He had therefore never dwelt with her nor had he shared her company .... And besides this Our Lord Jesus Christ is called the first-born. This is not because there was a second or third, but because the gospel writer is paying regard to the precedence. Scripture speaks of naming the first-born whether or not there was any question of the second." John Calvin, Sermon on Matthew 1:22-25, 1562.
"I firmly believe that Mary, according to the words of the gospel, as a pure Virgin brought forth for us the Soon of God and in childbirth and after childbirth forever remained a pure, intact Virgin. " Zwingli Opera, Volume 1, 424.
Not sinless, not the co-redemptrix, not the intercessor. Those titles belong to Jesus Christ alone.
You need to expend a lot of effort and improve your deficient knowledge of Scripture, the history of Christianity and the topics at hand before making such incorrect definitve assertions.
The last major advocate of that position was a bishop named Nestorius, but that was back in the 5th century some time, and he was slapped down quite hard (and excommunicated, I believe).
There is no need to be afraid of the Blessed Virgin standing between you and Christ. She stands beside you and always, always points the way to her Son. Remember her words to the servants at the marriage feast at Cana: "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."
Jesus was both perfectly divine and perfectly human. He was the Incarnation of God. Mary couldn’t be mother of just part of Him. Your own mother was not just mother of the DNA you recieved from her, was she? Or was she entirely your mother?
Mary was not the mother of the Eternal Holy Trinity. the titles Mother of God, Theotokos or God-bearer does not refer to that. Anyone with basic knowledge of orthodox Christian theology would understand that.
But, since Jesus Christ was the earthly Incarnation of the 2nd Person of the Most Holy Trinity, and because Mary bore Christ in her womb, she is rightly refered to as “Mother of God” or “Theotokos”.
Mary, the Blessed Virgin ("all generation shall call me blessed"), is the Mother of the Man-God, the Person Jesus Christ. As Jesus is True God, and He is one Person, not two, Mary is the Mother of God. She is NOT the origin of God, but she is the mother of the person who is the Man-God, Jesus Christ, who became incarnate through the power of the Holy Ghost.
I saw Fr Groeschel talking about this on EWTN. He saud he had been speaking to a group of protestants at a retreat. He asked them if they believed Mary was the mother of God. All of the theologians nodded yes while the rank and file folks all shook their heads no.
And John goes on to say: and the World was made flesh and dwelt among us. Mary is never named in his Gospel, but it is instructive to me, at least that she played an instrumental role in event that began Our Lord’s public career. “Do what he tells us, she said to the porter, and then came a stupendous act of creation by the Creator at the request of his mother-SIX jugs of water set aside for cleanings were now overflowing with gallons of the finest wine. In deed a paradox, since the Word took his flesh from his own creator. He “owed” his humanity to a mere woman, and he still owes her, because he is still dressed in the garments she lent him.
The leader of our bible study class told a moving story tonight. He told of his devoutly Catholic father-in-law who had a special devotion to Mary. He would scold his Father-in-law for his devotion and feed him passages about Jesus being the sole mediator. Normally the father-in-law would shrug it off, but finally he said he would reply with a story. The older man grew up in foster homes, normally Catholic, since the mother from whom he had been taken for her reglect of him was nominally a Catholic. The foster parents were not generous, and one in particul made him sleep in a cold attic. He did go to a Catholic school, however, and so being cold he would go early to school and go to the chapel to wait, since it was heated. There was a beutufuc statute of Mary, which he loved, He said, since I had no real mother, I will imagine I have a mother like her. At the base of the statue was the inscription: Doe what he tells you to do.” So he tried to do this. His answer to the son-in-law was this: why should I not love someone who pointed me to Christ? To this the son-in-law had no answer.
So why should people be so against someone who has never done anything excrept point to Christ, and say: Do what he tells you to do?
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“You need to expend a lot of effort and improve your deficient knowledge of Scripture, the history of Christianity and the topics at hand before making such incorrect definitve assertions.”
Well, the poster asked if protestants actually deny that Mary is the mother of God. I was pointing out that yes, a lot do deny that and why.
I do appreciate you citing many theories and traditions of men on Mary that express Catholic belief. I remember these beliefs from when I was brought up as Catholic.
But I didn’t gain good knowledge of the scripture until I actually began to read the Bible and study it. This is when it became clear that Mary was not who I was lead to believe she was, and how deficient I really was in the Word. The irony is I didn’t do this until after I was asked to leave the Catholic church. If I had stayed in, I would probably have just taken other people’s word on what the Bible actually says instead of truly seeing it.
I recommend reading and studying His Word for yourself, directly from the source. You’d be surprised at how much The Word varies from what philosophers teach.
“There is no need to be afraid of the Blessed Virgin standing between you and Christ. She stands beside you and always, always points the way to her Son. Remember her words to the servants at the marriage feast at Cana: “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
Yes, I believe she always points to Jesus, as all true witnesses do. She was a direct witness of Christ and her testimony is strong, especially what you quote “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
Jesus proclaimed that “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.” (John 14:6)
I highly recommend reading and studying John for yourself.
“Mary was not the mother of the Eternal Holy Trinity.”
“She is NOT the origin of God, but she is the mother of the person who is the Man-God, Jesus Christ, who became incarnate through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
I agree. But we have to be careful when we say she is the “Mother of God.” Many take this to mean she is the intercessor, the co-redemptrix or sinless and deserving of worship. These characteristics belong to Jesus Christ.
46 And Mary said: My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
50 AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
51 He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.
53 HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.
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