Why Did Pius XII Proclaim the Dogma of Mary’s Assumption?

September 1, 2011 | 5 responses

We may take it for granted that the Church doesn’t proclaim dogmas without good reason. All the major doctrinal decisions in the history of the Church were motivated by a pastoral concern for the health of the faithful. After all, the first and last responsibility of the bishops and priests of the Church is the spiritual welfare of the faithful.

So why is Mary’s assumption into heaven an important truth for our spiritual well-being? What’s the spiritual benefit of the dogma of the Assumption? To find out, we must first understand what the Catholic Church teaches about it.

James Cope: Former Lutheran Minister – The Journey Home Program

October 16, 2000 | no responses

Jim grew up in a Lutheran family on a dairy farm in northern Ohio, but he didn’t have a real relationship with God. His journey of faith began while stationed, in the Army, in Korea, where he discovered his sinfulness and God’s grace. Upon his return to the States he felt a call to the […]

Manuel Perez: Revert from the New Age – The Journey Home Program

October 22, 1999 | no responses

Manuel was brought up a Catholic in Mexico. He attended Mass but lacked any formation in the faith. As a teenager he slowly drifted astray through his interest in New Age teachings, such as reincarnation and alien visitors from space. By the time he was married, he was no longer a practicing Christian, though he […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Former Presbyterian Minister – The Journey Home Program

September 3, 1999 | no responses

Marcus and Scott answer open-line questions from the Journey Home audience. Scott gave his life to Christ in high school. He soon became a convinced Calvinist. In seminary some thought he out-calvined Calvin. While teaching a Bible class, as a minister, a student asked him, “Where in the Bible does the Bible teach that it […]

Paul Thigpen: Former Pentecostal Minister – The Journey Home Program

December 4, 1998 | no responses

Marcus and Paul answer open-line questions. Paul was brought up Presbyterian but at the age of 12 became an atheist. As a senior in high school he was brought back to Christ through a frightening experience with the demonic. Paul served as a Pentecostal and United Methodist minister before entering the Catholic Church.

Bruce Sullivan: Former Church of Christ Minister – The Journey Home Program

July 24, 1998 | no responses

Marcus and Bruce talk about the myths that separate people from the Catholic Church. Bruce was brought up as a Southern Baptist. Attending church three times a week was standard fare in his home. During his college years he was led to small denomination known as the Church of Christ. This group introduce him to some […]