The Most Blessed Virgin Mary has suffered horribly at the hands of the Modernists. The Vatican II sect has done everything possible to make her irrelevant in people's lives. The Rosary, once proudly displayed and used at the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by the faithful, can't be used at the Novus Bogus bread and wine service with everyone skipping and dancing around a table. The few remaining members of the Vatican II sect who actually know how to pray the Rosary were given an "updated" version by John Paul the Great Apostate with his "Luminous Mysteries."
Here is just a partial listing of what has been downplayed or virtually eliminated:
- The First Saturday Devotion
- The Litany of the BVM publicly prayed
- The Rosary (as explained above)
- Sermons ("homilies") on the Glories of Mary
- Dogmas on Mary no longer properly taught or understood (e.g. many think the Immaculate Conception refers to the Virgin Birth)
- Approved apparitions (e.g. Fatima, Lourdes, etc.) derided as "superstition" and rarely mentioned
However, what most people don't realize was what the Modernists stopped from happening. The unanimous consent of the pre-Vatican II theologians taught that Mary was "Mediatrix of All Graces." Theologian Pohle explains: "In calling the Blessed Virgin Mediatrix, we do not mean to deny that Jesus Christ is our sole Mediator. The mediation of Mary rests entirely upon that of Her Divine Son and would be utterly ineffective without it...Hence to acknowledge Mary as our Mediatrix does not detract from the Mediatorship of Jesus, as most Protestants allege, but confirms that dogma and leads to a higher estimation of it." (See Dogmatic Theology, B. Herder Books, St. Louis, 1916, 6:121)
Pohle further teaches: "Jesus is our sole Mediator per se. The mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is entirely secondary and subordinate to that of her Divine Son. Since, however, Mary is the Mother of God, her mediatorship transcends that of all the angels and saints and consequently constitutes an altogether unique privilege. In consonance with these principles Fathers and theologians properly style Our Lady liberatrix, salvatrix, reparatrix, restauratrix, reconciliatrix, and co-operatrix, or socia Redemptoris." (Ibid 6:122)
During the Council, 382 bishops petitioned that Mary's role as Mediatrix of All Graces should be defined. This was the largest number of bishops petitioning for any one item (the second largest number of bishops was 300 asking for a specific condemnation of Communism). The Modernists worked overtime to stop Mary from getting recognition She deserved. (Fr. DePauw, a peritus--or expert--at Vatican II who fought the Modernists, told me that Cardinal Ottaviani of the Holy Office had informed him Pope Pius XII had actually begun the process of forming a commission to draw up a definition of Mary as Mediatrix of All Graces with the great Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange to possibly be appointed as its head. Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange had drafted Munificentissimus Deus, the Apostolic Constitution promulgated by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950, declaring the dogma of Mary's Assumption into Heaven. The whole thing was immediately scuttled by Roncalli after his "election.").
Three Modernist Cardinals led the attack on Mary: Ledger (Canada), Alfrink (Holland), and Bea (Prefect of the "Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity"--a Commission started by Roncalli in 1960 to spread the heresy of ecumenism). They were able to successfully block any Marian definition, and succeeded in stopping a separate Council document devoted to the Mother of God. It was the closest vote of the entire Council---1,074 bishops in favor of a separate document for the BVM and 1,114 bishops against. Alfrink attacked any definition of Mary as "devisive," and Bea, former confessor to Pope Pius XII and closet Modernist until Roncalli took over, said the Marian dogma would be "unecumenical."
The apostate priest and peritus from Canada, Gregory Baum, had this to say in 1963, as published in the November 1963 edition of The Sign: "There is no doubt that Mariology, or the Catholic teaching on Mary, is a tremendous obstacle to the ecumenical movement, because it developed since the Reformation. The two Marian dogmas on the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption are obstacles, because they are new and concern a subject not directly connected with our salvation and also because they are the only doctrines defined by the pope alone." So Mariology originated in the 1500s? The Immaculate Conception and the Assumption are "new"? (Is that why there was a Mass in honor of Our Lady's Assumption from at least the eighth century?) These were the only doctrines defined by the pope alone? (Ever hear of canonizations or Unam Sanctum?) This was the drivel the Modernists were unleashing upon the Catholics of the world. It should be noted Baum drafted the damnable document Nostra Aetate and left the priesthood to "marry" an apostate nun. Ah, the sanctity that swells forth from the "New Springtime" of Vatican II!
In the end Mary was mentioned only in the last chapter of the heretical document on the Church, Lumen Gentium. She was referred to as "Mediatrix" but not "of All Graces" and no definitions were even attempted after the initial success of the Modernists.
Lest anyone think this was only the work of "liberals" in the "Church" (SSPXers are you listening?), "conservative" Avery Dulles (made a "cardinal" by John Paul II--that "pope" who loves Mary so much) in a March 5, 1997 interview for The Long Island Catholic (sic) declared that Marian dogmas should be made optional (!) for belief, because they are "a barrier to ecumenical unity" and "something less than central to the faith."
When I was growing up in NYC, it was a truism that the quickest way to start a fight or end a friendship was to make a degrading remark about someone's mother. As a childhood friend once explained it, "You can't say something bad about a person's mother and expect him to just forget it and do you any favors." Seems like the "recognize and resisters" of the SSPX and their ilk (Bp. Williamson, John Salza, etc.) haven't learned what a group of teenagers intuitively understood. The Vatican II sect spits in the face of God's Own Mother by denying Her prerogatives and belittling Her at every turn, both officially and unofficially, directly and indirectly. This is why the sect crumbles even as it seeks to absorb all into its ecumenical one-world religion.
The heretics had to do what they did. They want to take people away from the Blessed Mother, who is the Gate of Heaven, and who will one day stop them as the Destroyer of Heresy.