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Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-Emergence in the Modern Churchby Charlene Spretnak
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Mary: Nazarene housewife or the Blessed Queen of Heaven? Historical mother figure or source of power manifested in visions throughout the world? In the 1960s, Vatican II largely abandoned the traditional meaning of Mary. Once a mystical bridge between humans and the Divine, Mary's spiritual significance is now severly diminished. Today the Church debates whether reducing Mary to a strictly biblical role was a modernizing advance or a profound error. Cutting across the ideological battle lines, Charlene Spretnak, a liberal Catholic, reflects on what was lost when Mary's mystical presence and power were denied, and argues, from a progressive perspective, for a resurgence of Marian spirituality. Missing Mary is the book on the cosmological Queen of Heaven and is sure to spark debate about Her role for the twenty-first century.
An insightful and controversial exploration of Mary's role in the modern Catholic Church
Was Vatican II right to downgrade the Virgin Mary? This fall marks the fortieth anniversary of the final session of Vatican II (1962-65) at which the Roman Catholic Church brought itself "up to date"--and, asserts Spretnak, fired the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven, demoting her to being "just like us," merely the first Christian. Spretnak, a liberal Catholic who agrees with 95% of Vatican II's decisions, cuts across the battle lines of a polarized American Catholic Church, challenging Catholic progressives not to acquiesce to the Catholic Right's claiming of the Virgin Mary as emblematic of their political positions. This is a book about religion and modernity that has reframed the thinking about Mary in our times.
About the Author
Charlene Spretnak is the author of several books, including States of Grace and The Resurgence of the Real. She is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Table of Contents
Preface: Being Marian * The Virgin and the Dynamo * The Quiet Rebellion Against the Suppression of Mary * Premodern Mary Meets Postmodern Cosmology * Where Mary Still Reigns * Why the Church Deposed the Queen of Heaven * Mary's Biblical and Syncretic Roots * Reflections on Her Mystical Body of Grace * Epilogue: Being Mary
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