Those who hold the sole authority of Scriptures will have tremendous difficulty accepting this formal papal pronouncement because the sacred word says nothing about it. It can be very unsettling and even, unimaginable. Yet, that’s exactly the point. There was a time when the bible didn’t know. After the Apostles, the church has been guided by the continuing presence of the Spirit through the leaders. It’s a clear indication that we just didn’t make things up nor stumble in the unknown but followed logic, custom and devotion.
Reverence to the Blessed Mother is a milestone and a striving evidence of Catholicism. It does demonstrate the significant place, special privilege and spectacular role of Mary in salvation history. She is and will always be the ideal, the best example and the epitome of Christian discipleship because at a time of great uncertainty and deep trouble, she accepted the grace of God and remained open to it by humbly saying, “let it be done to me according to your word.” This attitude of receptivity and absolute trust in God, is the mark of every follower of Christ. Amen.