Religion: Mary Dogma

Santa Maria Plena Gratia (Blessed Mary "full of grace,") is not, will not, and cannot, in Roman Catholic belief, be God.

The Roman correspondent of The Chicago Tribune caused a tumult of confusion on this point by cabling that the forthcoming definition of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin "amounts to deification" (TiME, Jan. 14).

The Catholic belief in her Assumption is simply that "Mary, the Mother of God, was taken up into heaven, not by her own power, but by the power of God. Christ 'arose' from the tomb because he was God; Mary...

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