Noted mariologist to preach Lenten mission in San Francisco

Msgr. Arthur Calkins at Star of the Sea
Monsignor Calkins:“The term Coredemptrix usually requires some initial explanation

Monsignor Calkins: “The term Coredemptrix requires explanation”

From Sunday March 1 through Tuesday March 3, Star of the Sea will host a Lenten parish mission with the theme “Mary, the Eucharist and Reconciliation.” The mission will be preached by noted Mariologist Monsignor Arthur Calkins.

In a 2002 interview with, titled “Why it’s the Right Time for a Dogma on Mary as Coredemptrix,” Msgr. Calkins said “If it is true that God has given Mary a unique role in the work of our redemption, we need to recognize it, to celebrate it and to benefit from it. The first four Marian dogmas (divine maternity, perpetual virginity, Immaculate Conception, Assumption) have to do with her person and have unfolded in a providential way.

“Now, I believe, is the time to underscore her role as the principal human collaborator in the work of our redemption, her role as the Mediatrix whose unique mediation derives totally from his (cf. Lumen Gentium #60), her role as Advocate (after Christ and the Holy Spirit) who never ceases to intercede for her children until the last of them are led into their heavenly home (cf. Lumen Gentium 62). The more we avert to her role, the more we can be enriched by it.”

In the essay The Theology of the Alliance of the Hearts Of Jesus and Mary, Msgr. Calkins clarified what the term coredemptrix does not mean:  “The term Coredemptrix usually requires some initial explanation in the English language because often the prefix “co” immediately conjures up visions of complete equality. For instance a co-signer of a check or a co-owner of a house is considered a co-equal with the other signer or owner. Thus the first fear of many is that describing Our Lady as Coredemptrix puts her on the same level as her Divine Son and implies that she is ‘Redeemer’ in the same way that he is, thus reducing Jesus ‘to being half of a team of redeemers.’  In the Latin language from which the term Coredemptrix comes, however, the meaning is always that Mary’s cooperation or collaboration in the redemption is secondary, subordinate, dependent on that of Christ. This is an exact parallel to the role of Eve in our fall.”

All three sessions of the parish mission will begin at 7:00 p.m.. The first evening’s session, on  Sunday March 1 at 7:00 pm, will focus on the sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance).  The session on Monday, March 2 will reflect on the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The mission concludes on Tuesday, March 3, with a presentation on Holy Mary. The sacrament of Reconciliation will be available all three evenings.

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  1. How does the co of co-redeemer work in languages other than in English?

  2. St. Christopher says:

    No one will care, “Caroline”. That is, not in the New Church. Pope Francis might mention our Holy Mother once in awhile, but generally Mary is ignored by the great bulk of the Church’s clergy.

    And, the Church no longer really cares about redemption anyway. To believe in, and need, redemption, you need something to be redeemed from. And, to believe in that, you need to agree to the notion of “sin” and what that means. Perhaps Francis, with his environmental encyclical about to be dumped on us, will say that we need to be redeemed from pollution. Many bishops believe that our “sin” lies in our “racist” and “homophobic” attitudes, that sort of thing. We will soon see.

    Sadly, Mary is pretty much seen as a nice relic of the Medieval Catholic Church.

    • Anonymous says:

      What a cynic.
      If you cared about redemption you would not lie like this.

      • Linda Maria says:

        I agree with St. Christopher! Why must Calif. Catholic Daily publish the above NONSENSE of the ignorant poster called “Anonymous,” whoever that is?? GARBAGE!!

        • Anonymous says:

          You believe that the Catholic Church no longer cares about redemption?
          What religion are you? Baptist?
          You believe that Catholic priests do not believe in Mary? Do you know how many priests consecrate themselves to Her?
          You too must be a cynic. You offend God.

          • Ann Malley says:

            Ignoring reality won’t make it go away, Anonymous, and acknowledging as much does not make one a cynic. And whereas the Church should focus primarily on the redemption of souls, often that does not seem to be the case.

            That is why Star of the Sea has been attacked so vehemently. Fr. Illio is trying to do what is best for souls and precisely why so many seek to attack him and/or misrepresent him and his efforts.

          • St. Christopher says:

            In fact, “Anonymous”, belief in Mary is very much against hard-core Vatican II clergy (although belief in Our Blessed Mother is alive and strong among Traditionalists). And, you can see why (to them).

            Mary is a Catholic belief, although some Protestants do hold a level of respect for Her. Many, many Protestants see Catholic devotion to Mary as anti-Biblical, and worse. Vatican II ecumenists simply cannot have that, so they have done all they could to dismantle side altars to Mary in Catholic Churches, and eliminate Church art celebrating Mary and the great role She is given by God in salvation.

            Of course Mary is the co-redemptrix of Mankind. Without Mary’s fiat, there would be no salvation to Mankind; She is central to Christ’s sacrifice (and was Herself pierced through the heart by a sword of sorrow, as foretold by St. Simeon). Too bad that so few bishops say much in favor of Mary (but they do say a lot about illegal immigrants, homosexuals, fornicators, underpaid workers, and those without retirements (which they want guaranteed, per Pope Francis)).

            Happily, Paul VI stopped revision to the Rosary. And, why is it that Vatican II sought the need to change the wording and rubrics to all the sacraments; why?

        • LINDA MARIA—- `though i disagree with their substance, at least the posts of “Anonymous” have the advantage of brevity and lack of hysterical presentation (!!!!!!!). you might try imitating the style, though not the substance.

          • Ann Malley says:

            You may want to try being genuine in your posts and position, caritas. That way, even if your grammar and style are off, the message will be a good one, steeped in passion which is often a sign of love, not the blase attitude of the professed sophisticate who’s greatest challenge is to appear non-plussed. Especially when engaging in petty critiques.

          • Linda Maria says:

            Caritas, and Anonymous– you BOTH ought to attend the final night, — tonight!– of the beautiful Lenten Mission, at Star of the Sea church, at 7p.m.!! There will be a wonderful, informative, spiritually- uplifting talk, and then Adoration and Benediction, and Confession! It will do you both a lot of good, to attend this– instead of your mindless criticisms, as you have not attended this excellent Lenten Mission, at al!!

          • Anonymous says:

            I would have if I could have.
            It sounds wonderful.
            It is not a mindless criticism to correct someone saying that the Catholic Church no longer cares about redemption.
            How could you attend these things and not recognize your error. Were they not in the Catholic Church?
            Why do you think the Catholic Church exists? Why was the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ? She has not forgotten her mission. I do not know why someone who is Catholic would say something so wrong. What do you think Mass is about? Confession? Baptism? Has the Church stopped these? And Communion with the one you Adore? What do you think the Church is doing in these sacraments?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The pastor of Star of Sea just declared that females are not worthy to serve at the altar. What will the Blessed Mother have to say to him???

    • Linda Maria says:

      The poster, Anonymous, ought to go to the Lenten Parish Mission! I just went, and it’s TERRIFIC!! Go to the Mission, “Anonymous,” whoever you may be! This priest has a lot to offer! No more dumb “politically correct” baloney, we all need God!

    • Abeca Christian says:

      Clearly this anonymous does not understand Catholicism. Anonymous go to Catholic Answers website to help you understand the “why”…..Our blessed Mother would not agree with your comments.

      Linda Maria you live in San Francisco area? No wonder you feel the way you feel, there are a lot of liberal people there. God bless you.

      • Ann Malley says:

        ” No wonder you feel the way you feel,” is absolutely correct, Abeca. There’s a whole lot of nonsense in San Francisco and that which is blatantly in error.

        Perhaps Linda Maria’s prayers will be answered beginning at Star of the Sea!

    • Catherine says:

      What will the Blessed Mother have to say to him??? = Something along the lines of …”Well Done Good And Faithful Servant. Thank you for not compromising the Faith with secular ideas of politically correct nonsense and for promoting vocations to the holy priesthood in this desolate area.”

      What will Our Lady say to anonymous? = “You’re dark deeds are not “anonymous” to my Son.”

      • Anonymous says:

        Well, I think this kind of speculation can be sinful.
        You should be more reverent.
        I don’t think you should put words in the mouth of the Immaculate One. She is holy and sinless. I do not think you should use Her to try to get someone you disagree with. You should make reparation to her. I will pray for you.

  4. Linda Maria says:

    I attended the first night of the parish Lenten Mission, at Star of the Sea church– and thought it was great! The priest gave an excellent talk, and then we had Adoration with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament— and the priest heard confessions, during Adoration. I will attend the next two nights of the parish Lenten Mission, and look forward to it!. One thing that the priest talked about, that I thought was great (among MANY good things!) was that in today’s world, our society has lost the sense of sin, and that the media misleads people into thinking that the only real “sins,” are to go against what is deemed to be “politically correct.” True! I thought this priest, who is older (maybe retirement age?) to be very sincere, and orthodox! He offered the Tridentine Latin Mass at the church this morning, which was terrific!

  5. Linda Maria says:

    P.S. Star of the Sea is also participating in the worldwide Eucharistic Adoration Novena, for the upcoming Synod on the Family, in October, in Rome. The next Adoration will be Thursday March 5, at 7:30p.m. May God receive our prayers, during this long Novena– and may it be helpful, for the Synod!

    • Ann Malley says:

      …it’s good to see you revved up about something worthy, Linda Maria. No doubt your prayers and sufferings have aided the coming of change to Star of the Sea!

      God bless.

      • Ann Malley, the Priests at Star of the Sea are faithful and
        are not SEDEVACANTS, nor SSXP, perhaps you are the one who is finally doing something worthy.

        REAL Catholics do not need your praise, but you are welcome to join us at either the EF and/or OF Masses.

        • Ann Malley says:

          TED B, while I admire your defense of Linda Maria – and I do – she happens to appreciate my posts and understands that I understand her suffering as I have come to her defense often – just last month in fact when many attempted to eat her for breakfast, lunch, and dinner just for speaking her heart about the devastating in the Church

          That said, I am thrilled for her that she has something positive – genuinely positive and CATHOLIC – to attend and to, God willing, enjoy some measure of consolation in this long battle.

          Try to learn who your friends are, TED B. It goes a long way – especially when tendering an invitation.

        • Linda Maria says:

          Ted B., you must STOP insulting good Catholic posters, like Ann Malley! The way you view priests– is RIDICULOUS!! I only hope for priests who seem holy, faithful, and orthodox, and have GOOD CHARACTER!! Tonight, the priest made the point, that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, is the same, whether it is offered in English, Spanish (etc.), in the Novus Ordo– or else, in the old Latin Tridentine Mass, my preference. I recall the TOTAL HORROR– of finding out, that many priests and prelates who seemed very faithful and orthodox– like former (San Fran.) Cathedral rector, ” Fr.” Milton T. Walsh– were HIDEOUS PEDOPHILE CRIMINALS!! There have also been many others!! My first meeting with future Pope Benedict XVI, was with these “faithful, orthodox,” ” “Pope-serving,” highly-respected “priests” and “prelates!” Also– retired (S. F.) Abp. Quinn, wrote a book advocating total de-centralization of Papal authority! “Sedevacantist,” indeed! Useless term, Ted B.!!

          • Ann Malley says:

            God bless and thank you, Linda Maria.

            Your mention of Archbishop Quinn brought back sour memories for it was this stellar prelate who was in charge during the reign of the pedophile pastor who abused a good number of my classmates and nearly me, too. There but for the ‘grace’ of God Almighty. When one set of parents complained they were given 20K in hush money. The ‘pastor’ was removed only to be placed less than 20 miles away as the ‘pastor’ of another parish complete with a school. (One of those abused later committed suicide.)

            So whereas some may just be getting the clue that other posters feel the way they do because they live in a certain place and/or have experienced certain lovelies, others are trying very much to do God’s will in God’s time and in God’s way.

            I would say God bless you, Linda Maria, but it seems He is and is giving you much consolation to boot. Praise be!

        • Abeca Christian says:

          Bravo TED B…..God bless you!

          • Ann Malley says:

            …bravo for telling me I’m finally doing something worthy. Well, gee, Abecca, thanks 🙂

            I think I’m doing something worthy, too!

      • Linda Maria says:

        Thanks, Ann Malley! God bless you, too! I went again to the second night of the Lenten Mission. It was great!

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, goody, let’s all go look at the consecrated host while it looks back at us. Never mind Jesus said to “Take and eat”, not “Look at this host.”

  6. I attended last night’s session. It was excellent.

  7. Caroline says:

    I checked out the status of “co” with google translate using “co-signer” as a model.
    Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Rumanian, Slovak, and even Latin in which such a dogma would have to be proclaimed, not to mention, no doubt, other languages which I haven’t checked, all use the “co”. Not having a native feel for any of those languages, I can’t be sure if “co” means “equal” as it indubitably does in English. German might be more useful to for proclaiming this doctrine without introducing further ambiguities or confusions to the faithful. The German for “co” is “mit” which means “with” in English. Since German is my first language, I have enough of a feel for it so that I could accept this doctrine were it expressed as mit redeemer. But co-redeemer when so many even decently catechized Catholics are unable to distinguish clearly between the Immaculate Conception and the Virginal Conception seems imprudent especially at a time when so many other beliefs are challenged.

    • Linda Maria says:

      One of the traditional names for Our Blessed Mother, is to refer to her as our Co-Mediatrix in Heaven! All Catholics should be familiar with this term! It is ancient, along with referring to her as the “Mother of God,” etc. I am sure that the title of “Co-Redemptrix” is the same thing. Of course, Our Blessed Mother derives her ability to help with the work of Redemption, from her Divine Son! I am sure that Msgr. Calkins is simply reminding people, of the importance of Our Blessed Mother’s role, in Christ’s Redemption!

      • Ann Malley says:

        “… Our Blessed Mother derives her ability to help with the work of Redemption, from her Divine Son! I am sure that Msgr. Calkins is simply reminding people, of the importance of Our Blessed Mother’s role, in Christ’s Redemption!”

        Absolutely true. And we, especially in these sorry times of crisis, need to be reminded of our most compassionate and powerful Mother! And if God Almighty did not disdain the womb of the Virgin as the means to come to us, who are we to deny her capacity as Mother to facilitate the return of us to Him? It’s a simple and humble Imitation of Christ. And a highly effective one.

        • Ann Malley,
          Msgr Monsignor Calkins is faithful, and not a
          Sedevacant, or SSPX member either. 🙂
          Are you a Sedevacant ?

          • Ann Malley says:

            Are you a Sedevecantist, TED B? Or were you born yesterday?

            One has to wonder 🙂

          • Linda Maria says:

            Ted B., why do you waste your time, with ridiculous posts?? Are YOU a “sedevacantist??” By the way– it is quite obvious, that many so-called “faithful Catholics” in today’s “often wayward” Church, even some of the top clergy in the Vatican— may NOT like having a Pope or Church hierarchy, or even an institutional Church at all, to serve!! Many, many MANY in the Church, are “SEDEVACANTISTS,” because– not only do they reject basic Catholic doctrines (such as some clerics of the Synod on the Family)— they do NOT even like having a true and faithful Roman Catholic POPE!! PERIOD!!

          • Ann Malley says:

            Thanks again, Linda Maria. And God bless!

          • Anonymous says:

            Linda Marie, a sedevacantist is someone who believes there is no Pope. Not just that they don’t like him. They believe the seat (sede) has been empty (vacant) since the death of Pius XII in 1958.

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