Why do Catholics teach Mary was bodily assumed into heaven and now rules with Jesus?

By | August 31, 2019


>>Dr. John Ankerberg:In our program to day
we are going to examine the claims that at death Mary was bodily assumed into Heaven
where she was coronated by God as Queen of Heaven; and second, that she is a Co-Redeemer
with Jesus Christ of all mankind. The bodily assumption of Mary into Heaven was not known
in the early Church
and was not proclaimed official Catholic doctrine until the year 1950 when Pope Pius XII spoke
infallibly and declared this to be official Catholic doctrine. How did this particular
claim about Mary come about? Is there any biblical support for it?
According to Catholic theologian Dr. Ludwig Ott, the answer is no. In his Fundamentals
of Catholic Dogma under the section entitled, “The Bodily Assumption of Mary Into Heaven,”
Ott states: “Direct and express scriptural proofs [for this belief] is not to be had.”
Well then, how about historical evidence? When did Mary die? Where was she buried? The
answer is, no
one knows. The Catholic Encyclopedia in an article entitled, “The Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary,” states: “Regarding the day, year and manner of Our Lady’s death
nothing certain is known.” The simplest explanation for the lack of information concerning
Mary’s death is that her death passed with no unusual notice: it wasn’t important.
When Mary died, the practice of venerating her and others like the apostle Paul would
have to wait for a few hundred years. But in spite of the lack of biblical or historical
evidence, the Catechism of the Catholic Church relates the following about Mary’s bodily
assumption into Heaven: “Finally, the Immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original
sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into
heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things….”

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