Ex Cathedra Debate
Phase 3a Questions to Rosenthal
1) When I say “sanctifying grace,” what does that mean to you?
2) You implied that the Blessed Virgin Mary was not more “highly favored” (I would say “graced” in this context) than any others (in your question #3 earlier). In your rebuttal phase you said, “While Mary has been highly favored, she is not more highly favored than other Christians who adhere to God's teaching, all of who will enjoy the privilege of being one with God's Spirit, according to the scripture: But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Are you really saying that the Mother of our Lord did not receive a higher grace than anyone else? Whom else do you know of who was given this unique privilege?
3) Do you believe that God Himself would allow Himself/His Son, to be born from a corrupted vessel? Please explain, if you do.
4) Since I touched upon the only other definitive (key word) ex cathedra statement made by a pope, (found in Munificentissimus Deus), that being the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul, into heaven, I’ll officially open it up. Do you believe the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as declared so in the ex cathedra statement of Pope Pius XII in 1950, to be inconsistent with
Scripture? If so, why?
5a) You consistently ask, “If Mary were sinless, why should she be required to pay the penalty for sin, which is death?” Are you willing to admit that the ex cathedra statement does not make mention of the penalty of Original Sin, only the stain?
5b) You may skip this if you answered 5a in the affirmative. If not, do you realize that you’re equating the stain with the penalty?
6) Are you cognisant of the fact that the angel’s declaration to Mary was PRIOR to her accepting of her role? Before she had done anything, she was already graced by God!?
7) You mention St. Augustine, are you aware that he, when referring to a list of people whom he considered to live sinless lives, excepted the Blessed Vigin from that list as one who as given an “abundance” (fullness) of grace out of respect to our Lord? “We must except the holy Virgin Mary, concerning whom I wish to raise no question when it touches the subject of sins, out of honour to the Lord; for from Him we know what abundance of grace for overcoming sin in every particular was conferred upon her who had the merit to conceive and bear Him who undoubtedly had no sin.” (On Nature and Grace, Ch. 42).
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