Mary in the mystery of Christ and Church. Course on Mariology | 2014
September 18 December 18, 2014 | on Thursdays
Good Shepherd’s Hall | Paul VI Pastoral Centre
The course on Mariology - Mary in the mystery of Christ and Church was created in the context of the Degree in Religious Sciences conducted between 2012 and 2015 in Fatima according to a specific protocol between the Faculty of Theology of the Portuguese Catholic University, the diocese of Leiria-Fatima and the Shrine of Fatima. The course, part of the curricular plan of the degree but open to the public in general, intended to offer a global perspective of the role of Mary in the history of salvation and in the life of the church, in the light of the Second Vatican Council and an attitude of sensibility, aware of the ecumenical questions.
In order to help deepen, in theological terms and in a more existential perspective, the place of Mary in the understanding and in the experience of the Christian event, the course started by highlighting some Basic presumptions of theological interpretation to keep in mind when studying Mariology and Marian Piety. From that hermeneutical basis and from the data achieved regarding biblical evidence in its whole, a reflexive path was made on the main doctrinal elements that the Church suggests on Mary: virginal maternity, Immaculate Conception, Assumption to heaven of body and soul, cooperation and intercession in the light of the faithful statement in the communion of the Saints. Finally, in a more practical/pastoral perspective, there was a succinct reflection on the meaning of “Maryophanies” (Marian apparitions), Maryan experience of popular Catholicism, the interpellations of the Ecumenical horizon and the following of Jesus inspired in the image of Mary and her path of faith.