Cardinal Toppo speaks again about the 5th Marian Dogma in an interview with Zenit News.
He advocates the dogma expressed in the title “Spiritual Mother of All Humanity.” He relates how the declaration would actually help the ecumenical dialog as opposed to harm it as many detractors claim.
The archbishop of Ranchi and former president of the episcopal conference of India is one of the five cardinal co-sponsors of the 2005 International Symposium on Marian Co-redemption, held in Fatima, who are asking Benedict XVI to declare a fifth Marian dogma.
The petition urges the Pope to proclaim Mary “the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity, the co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer, mediatrix of all graces with Jesus the one mediator, and advocate with Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race.”
He also describes the enthusiastic response from cardinals and bishops to the earlier call by the five cardinals for asking the Pope to proclaim the dogma.
He relates how he presented the “acta” to the holy father with the four other Cardinals and how well it was received by the Pontiff, who said that he would read it. And this despite his heavy schedule:
Zenit Q: Have you spoken directly to Benedict XVI regarding the petition for the fifth Marian dogma?
Cardinal Toppo: On June 3, 2006, on the eve of Pentecost, I was privileged to have a private audience with His Holiness, during which I presented the Holy Father the “acta” of theological presentations from the 2005 Fatima symposium on Mary as the co-redemptrix. I also presented him with the Latin “votum” — or petition — for the solemn papal definition of Our Lady as the spiritual mother of all peoples, co-redemptrix, mediatrix of all graces and advocate, which already at that time was signed by a significant number of cardinals, archbishops and bishops.
During our 15-minute audience, the Holy Father received the acta and votum with keen interest. He was surprised that so many cardinals and bishops had already signed the votum. He then stated that he would read the acta of theological presentations on the co-redemptrix. In the last few months, he has received still many more petitions for this Marian dogma from the present College of Cardinals and bishops.
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Official Acta of the Symposium on Marian Coredemption at Fatima