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mary magdalane

Discussion in 'Catholic DIR' started by james D, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. james D

    james D New Member

    Oct 17, 2004
    i am seeking confirmation or otherwise on the question, in 1969 did the vatican release a "quiet retraction" that mary magdalane was not a prostitute, but still being a fallen woman
  2. Scott1

    Scott1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Thanks for the question james.

    To my knowledge, I know of no such "retraction".... or the need for one. Catholic and Protestant scholars alike are not sure of who Mary actually was:

    The Greek Fathers, as a whole, distinguish the three persons:
    On the other hand most of the Latins hold that these three were one and the same. Protestant critics, however, believe there were two, if not three, distinct persons. It is impossible to demonstrate the identity of the three; but those commentators undoubtedly go too far who assert, as does Westcott (on John 11:1), "that the identity of Mary with Mary Magdalene is a mere conjecture supported by no direct evidence, and opposed to the general tenour of the gospels." It is the identification of Mary of Bethany with the "sinner" of Luke 7:37, which is most combatted by Protestants. It almost seems as if this reluctance to identify the "sinner" with the sister of Martha were due to a failure to grasp the full significance of the forgiveness of sin. The harmonizing tendencies of so many modern critics, too, are responsible for much of the existing confusion.

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