Catechism and Mary as Co-Redeemer/Co-Redemptrix

Comparison between "Catechism of the Catholic Church"
(published in 1995 by Doubleday, 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036)
and the Bible -- the Authorized King James Version of 1611

RCC Catechism


Mary helps in salvation

"She (Mary) is inseparably linked with the saving work of her Son." (Pg. 332, # 1172)

No one but Jesus saves

(a) There is no mention in Scriptures where Mary has anything to do with salvation. Her intercessions will not help for the Bible says JESUS is the ONLY WAY to God:

"neither is there salvation in any other: for there is NONE OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." -Acts 4:12

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME." -John 14:6

"I AM THE DOOR: by me if any man enter in, HE SHALL BE SAVED..." -John 10:9

(b) Nowhere in the Bible is it said Mary is inseparably linked with the saving work of her Son. It says quite the opposite.

"I, even I, am the LORD; and BESIDE ME THERE IS NO SAVIOUR." -Isa. 43:11

"Yet I am the LORD thy God...THERE IS NO SAVIOUR BESIDES ME." -Hosea 13:4

"The GOD of my rock HE IS....MY SAVIOUR..." -2 Sam. 22:3

(c) Therefore Jesus is God and is the Saviour as announced by the angel. Please note Mary is not mentioned once.

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS." -Matt. 1:21

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David A SAVIOUR, WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD." -Luke 2:11

"...we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed THE CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD." -John 4:42

"Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a SAVIOUR..." -Acts 5:31

"Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a SAVIOUR, JESUS:" -Acts 13:23

"But is not made manifest by the appearing of OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST..." 2 Tim. 1:10 (Also check Titus 1:4; Titus 3:6; 1 John 4:14, etc.)

"...through the righteousness of God and OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST." -2 Pet. 1:1

"...into the everlasting kingdom of OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST..." -2 Peter 1:11

"...through the knowledge of the Lord and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST..." -2 Peter 2:20

Mary is like Jesus

"Taken up to heaven she (Mary) did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation..." (Pg. 274-275, #969)

Jesus stands alone

(a) Nowhere in the Bible is it said Mary was taken up in heaven. This Catholic doctrine is called "the Assumption of Mary". Upon a sinner's death, they are returned to dust.

"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." -Gen. 3:19

(b) There is no such things as the "gifts of eternal salvation." Eternal Salvation is a GIFT, not gifts.

"For by grace are ye SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God." -Eph. 2:8

See Romans 5:15-18 and 6:23; II Corinthians 9:15; Ephesians 2:9; Hebrews 6:4.

(c) Salvation is not a process, it's a one time gift given only once upon your acceptance of Jesus Christ. You are then considered a child of God.

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" -John 1:12

Back to Table of Contents for 'Catechism vs. the Bible'