Dr. Carly Henderson
Dr. Carly Henderson is originally from the Midwest of the United States. She earned her BA in English Literature at Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame, IN, before switching gears and earning her MA and PhD in Theology at The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. Her main theological interests center around Mariology, the theology of St. John Paul II, and anthropological questions concerning existence, sexual difference and feminism. She recently moved from the US to Langley, BC, with her husband, Dr. David Henderson, and their two young children, and is excited to be part of the CPC community.
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Mary Our Mother: John Paul II’s Theology of Maternal Mediation
CPC³ Lecture: "Mary Our Mother: John Paul II’s Theology of Maternal Mediation" by Dr Carly Henderson
Dr. Carly Henderson delivered this lecture at Catholic Pacific College on March 31, 2022.
Despite the fact that the doctrine of Mary’s mediation has been with the Church since the earliest centuries, the meaning of Mary’s mediation is nevertheless unclear for many Catholics today. This is especially interesting considering that, less than one hundred year ago, there was a considerable movement within the Church petitioning the Holy Father to declare Mary as “Mediatrix of All Graces”, which ultimately was unmet by the Holy Father and the Second Vatican Council. However, the reason why the proposal of the Mediatrix Movement remained unmet was not in that Mary’s mediation was now passé, but rather, that the language used to communicate the mystery of her mediation was insufficient. In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John Paul II’s theology of Mary’s “maternal mediation” fills the gap in approaching Mary’s mediation with new eyes: as her maternal participation in the very life of God, who himself is a communion of persons. This insight is helpful not only in understanding Mary as our mother who mediates, but also in understanding our own vocations within the mystery of Christ and the life of the Church.