Speaking at a papal mass on August 15, Pope Benedict XVI said Mary’s intercession with God “can help us to live well and with hope” (“Mary’s assumption into heaven fosters hope on earth,” EWTN News, Aug. 15, 2012). The pope said Mary was taken “body and soul” into heaven, “intimately united with her Son,” “fully conformed to him,” and crowned Queen of Heaven. By going to heaven, he said, Mary “was not leaving behind the faithful on earth, but instead becoming closer to all.” Speaking at the 13th International Mariological Symposium in Rome on October 5, Cardinal Angelo Amato told attendees, “For conversion to Christ you must go to the Virgin Mary so that she leads us back to Him” (“If you get lost,” EWTN News, Oct. 5, 2012). What blasphemy! Where are the influential “evangelicals” and charismatics and contemporary Christian worship musicians who are rising up in condemnation of this heresy and calling for strict biblical separation from Rome? That we can’t name even one is irrefutable evidence of their spiritual blindness and apostasy.
(Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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