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Marian tradition springs from both doctrine and popular piety, Pope teaches

Catholic World News - September 10, 2012

On September 8, Pope Benedict XVI met at Castel Gandolfo with participants in the 23rd International Mariological Congress, which is devoted to the developments in Mariology since Vatican II.

In his remarks to the group the Pope concentrated on the 8th chapter of Lumen Genium, the dogmatic constitution on the Church. That text, the Pontiff said, provides “an essential interpretative horizon for all subsequent reflection,” and at the same time offers “a valuable and highly necessary point of equilibrium between theological rationality and the emotion of belief.” The Council examined the role of the Virgin Mary from the perspective of Scripture and Tradition, the Pope noted. But the text also recognized the role of popular piety. “While the via veritatis remains valid and necessary, we cannot but also follow the via pulchritudinis and the via amoris, the Pope said.

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