Mary's Pope: John Paul II, Mary, and the Church since Vatican II

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CHAPTER FIVE
The Faith of Mary

MARY'S PILGRIMAGE OF FAITH

IN REDEMPTORIS MATER, Pope John Paul II has developed the same theme of faith that the Second Vatican Council started in Lumen Gentium, VIII. The Marianist Johann G. Roten rightly states that the Council's doctrine constitutes the matrix of all contemporary theological reflection concerning the faith of Mary. 1

Luigi Gambero and U. Betti think that Mary's faith is the "leitmotiv [a dominant and recurring theme] of the encyclical." 2 "Blessed is she who believed" is, in Gianfranco Ravasi's opinion, the key of interpretation to the encyclical. 3 The concept of faith is considered by Salvatore Meo as:

. . . the connection between the various themes in question and the common pillar that joins the three different parts of the document. 4

In the opinion of Salvador Muñoz Iglesias, the faith of Mary is central to the point of obsession in Redemptoris Mater. Its leitmotiv is the "pilimage of faith" and the "obedience of faith." 5 Amato also considers the faith of Mary as situated at the center of the encyclical and its overall theme but, for him, the ecumenical goals of the Pope still constitute the fundamental intention of Redemptoris Mater. 6 For Leo Scheffczyk, the aspect of "pilgrimage of faith" is intimately connected with the "life" of the Church, and this is evident from the title of the encyclical. 7

Jean Galot thinks that Pope John Paul II emphasizes Mary's "pilgrimage of faith" precisely because of his interest in the theology of

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