The death of the Virgin Mary

The non-infallible ordinary Magisterium teaches that Mary died and was resurrected from the dead, prior to her Assumption. The infallible sacred Magisterium teaches that Mary was assumed into Heaven, with body and soul united (alive).

1. infallible teachings require the full assent of faith (theological asssent, or sacred assent).

2. non-infallible teachings require only the religious submission of will and intellect (ordinary assent).

3. theological opinions vary in their weight, in their degree of certitude — but these are not magisterial teachings, and so do not require the assent of faith.

Here is my previous post on the subject of Mary’s death, resurrection, and Assumption.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Biblical scholar

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2 Responses to The death of the Virgin Mary

  1. Matt says:

    There is a footnote in Catherine Anne Emmerichs book on the life of the Virgin Mary. It states the following as copied:

    All the ancient legends describe the pure soul of Mary leaving her body. The dogmatic decree of Nov. 1st, 1950, however, makes no pronouncement about the death of Our Lady. It is worth here quoting the actual definition: ‘Immaculatam Deiparam semper Virginem Mariam, expleto terrestris vitae cursu, fuisse corpore et anima ad caelestem gloriam assumptam.’ – ‘That Mary, the Immaculate and ever Virgin Mother of God, at the end of the course of her life on earth, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven.’

    What do you make of this footnote?

    • Ron Conte says:

      It is true that the ‘dogmatic decree’ — the infallible definition — does not mention her death. But the rest of the same document teaches, under the ordinary Magisterium, that Mary died and was resurrected prior to her assumption. Teachings of the non-infallible ordinary Magisterium require ordinary assent (the religious submission of will and intellect). Teachings of the infallible sacred Magisterium require the full assent of faith (which I call sacred assent).

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