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Mary in the News: Jan. 11, 2021

By Michael Duricy

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


Marological Society of America (MSA) Member Accomplishments

IMRI Graduate, Father Matthew Mauriello, has published three articles in the World of Apostolate of Fatima's Soul Magazine.  The topics were: "Our Lady of Perpetual Help" (Spring 2020), "Mary Who Made a Place for Christ" (Fall 2020) and, "Our Lady of Good Counsel" (Fall 2019).  For copies of the articles, email Father Matthew at:

Father Emery DeGaal published the following:  "Die Bedeutung Mariens für die Einheit der Christen beim heiligen John Henry Newman (1801-90), dargestellt besonders anhand seiner XV. Universitätspredigt und seines Schreibens an Pusey," in: Manfred Hauke (ed.), Maria, 'Mutter der Einheit' (Mater Unitatis), in: Mariologische Studien XXVIII (Regensburg: Pustet, 2020), pp. 137-156. (John Henry Newman and Mary's Significance for the Unity of Christians, as demonstrated in his XV. University Sermon and Letter to Pusey).  He also delivered a paper on "Carolingian Mariology and Leo Cardinal Scheffczyk" at an international theological conference convened September 14-18, 2020 at the University of Ticino, Lugano, Switzerland on September 17, 2020.  Additionally, he and Father Dwight Campbell jointly taught a course "Mariology and the Reformation" in the Fall 2020 semester, and hope to teach jointly a course on the dogmatic tractate Mariology in Spring 2021 at Mundelein Seminary.

IMRI Graduate Father Brian Taylor was appointed for service to the CDF.

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Richard May appeared on Virgin Most Powerful Radio to talk about Marian preemption.

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Mary in Media: Books, Films, Music, etc.

UK Marian Journal Re-Launched [MSA Newsletter], Winter 2020

Dr. Sarah Jane Boss and Dr. Chris Maunder are delighted to let you know that the Centre for Marian Studies is relaunching its journal, entitled Maria: A Journal of Marian Studies, which was last published in 2003.  The new journal will be peer-reviewed, online, and open access.  They wish to attract new research relating to the Virgin Mary in the fields of theology, philosophy, literature, history, visual culture, music, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. 

In addition, the journal will include translations of texts not previously available in English, together with book reviews and short communications.  They hope to encourage original contributions from Marian scholars of all religious traditions and none.  Full details of how to submit an article or translation for consideration by the editorial board, together with the style guide, are available on the website of the Centre for Marian Studies.

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Marian Events

Title: A Discussion with Father Manfred Hauke

Theme: Introduction to Mariology

Date: January 15, 2021

Time: 3 p.m. Eastern time

Location: Online

You are invited to a special virtual meeting of the MSA on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 3 p.m. Eastern, 2 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Mountain, 12 p.m. Pacific, for a presentation and discussion of Father Manfred Hauke's Introduction to Mariology, the eagerly awaited English translation of his monumental Mariological  work.  Join us for an afternoon of conversation with leading Mariologist Father Hauke himself, currently professor of dogmatic theology on the theological faculty of the University of Lugano, Switzerland.  Registration is open now.  Closer to the date of the event, registrants will be provided with more information about the program.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Clarification by the Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam regarding the Lady of All Nations December 30, 2020

Having consulte the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and in accordance with it, I declare the follo­wing:

Through devotion to Mary, the Mother of All Nations, many faithful express their desire and their effort for the universal fraternity of man­kind with the help and support of Mary's intercession. "Mary is our Mother, she is the Mother of our peoples, she is the Mother of us all." (Francis, Homily of 12/12/2019); and she invites us to collaborate with God's plan and His desire that we all are, and become always more, brothers and sisters (cf. Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in veritate, n. 42).

Pope Francis writes in his Encyclical Letter, Fratelli tutti: "For many Christians, this journey of fraternity also has a Mother, whose name is Mary.  Having received this universal motherhood at the foot of the cross (cf. Jn 19:26), she cares not only for Jesus but also for 'the rest of her children' (cf. Rev 12:17).  In the power of the risen Lord, she wants to give birth to a new world, where all of us are brothers and sisters, where there is room for all those whom our societies discard, where justice and peace are resplen­dent" (n. 278).

In this sense, the use of the title 'Lady of All Nations' for Mary is in itself theologically acceptable.  Prayer with Mary and through the intercession of Mary, Mother of our peoples, serves the growth of a more united world, in which everyone recognizes themselves as brothers and sisters, all created in the image of God, our common Father.

Nevertheless, the recognition of this title cannot be understood--not even implicitly--as the recognition of the supernaturality of some pheno­mena from which it seems to have come.  In this sense, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reaffirms the validity of the negative judg­ment on the supernaturality of the alleged "apparitions and revelations" to Ms. Ida Peerdeman approved by St. Paul VI on 04/05/1974 and published on 05/25/1974.  This judg­ment implies that everybody is urged to cease any propagation concer­ning the alleged apparitions and revelations of the Lady of All Nations.  Therefore, the use of the images and prayer cannot in any way be consi­dered a recognition--not even implicitly--of the supernaturality of the events in question.

Regar­ding the mere titles 'Lady', 'Madonna', or 'Mother of All Nations', the Congregation generally is not opposed to their use, provided that this is clearly separated from the recognition of the alleged apparitions. If the Virgin Mary is invoked under this title, pastors and faithful must ensure that all forms of this devotion refrain from any reference, even implicit, to alleged apparitions or revelations.

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Mary in the Secular Press

The director and editors of All About Mary under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature.  Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

The Prom Producer, Adam Anders, Making Feature Directorial Debut On Monarch Media's Musical, Road To Bethlehem (Deadline), December 15, 2020

Adam Anders, the producer of Netflix's The Prom and the longtime executive music producer of the multi-award-winning series Glee, will make his directorial debut early next year on the Monarch Media, SPACE + ART Entertainment and STORY Collective musical feature, Road To Bethlehem.

The project is written by Netflix series I Am Not Okay With This scribe and EP, Christy Hall.  The film will shoot at the Jerusalem movie set in Utah.

Monarch Media is financing the project, with company principals', Steve Barnett and Alan Powell set to produce.  Anders will also produce through his Anders Media, Inc. banner, along with Brandt Andersen through his SPACE + ART Entertainment banner and Stephen Meinen and Ryan Busse through their STORY Collective banner.  Monarch principal, Vicky Patel, will executive produce.

The film's original music will be written and produced by Anders, Nikki Anders, and Peer Astrom.  Anders and Astrom co-wrote the original song and end title, Wear Your Crown, featured in The Prom.

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