«The Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, says yes that Her Son’s wish is realized as soon as possible, that they may all be one… that the world may believe».
This is a statement made by Pope Benedict XVI, when he closed the week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Vespers at the Roman Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-walls on the Monday evening.
The Pope emphasized that everyone is called to seek «full communion between all of the disciples of Christ».
He recounted the story of St. Paul’s conversion and his subsequent life of devotion to preaching the Word of God, which «reached it’s culmination in his martyrdom», as a model of the Christian witness.
The Holy Father concluded his message by saying that «each of us is called to do our part to take those steps that bring us towards full communion between all disciples of Christ, without ever forgetting that this is, above all, a gift of God to pray for constantly.
The ecumenical movement marks a milestone this year, celebrating a century since the missionary conference between representatives from Protestant and Anglican Churches met along with a single orthodox delegate in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1910. The goal of the gathering was work towards unity and define a shared approach to spreading the Good News.
Source: Catholic News Agency (CNA).
Since the Pope says Virgin Mary is the «Mother of the Church», there should be some kind of Biblical reference to such a statement.
But there is non.
If you search the Bible with two key words together «mother» and «Church», you will get zero hits.
The Church was neither established by Virgin Mary, nor does the Bible give her any prominent role to play in the New Testament. In fact, she is not even mentioned after the second chapter of the book of Act. Neither did she ever teach anything, nor was she appointed to be in any leading position while Jesus walked on Earth.
To the radical opposite of what the Pope is claiming, Jesus warned us not to give his Earthly mother any special attention, above other believers. The Mother of Jesus was a law observant Jew, and even production of images and idols was considered a grave sin.
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Mark 3: 32-35
A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
(end of scripture)
The first time I saw an Easter parade in Spain, I was astonished. I thought:
«Who led the Ku Kux Clan into this city?»
I did not fully know that the Catholics in Spain do carry on their legacy from the Dark Ages, and also display their freemason cult traditions in broad daylight.
A Pope that defend and promote the pagan «Queen of Heaven», a name the Jewish Mother of Jesus was forbidden to take on her lips, can not be saved. He will keep on listening to the demons that entertains him. For 1500 years, the Popes have not left their idols of stone and wood. If you want to live, stay away from the Catholic religion.