‘Pope Francis’ Decrees New Feast Day on Liturgical Calendar for Mary, ‘Mother of the Church’

Bergoglio in Fatima 2017 | Photo credit: CTV screenshot

ROME —  Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” has decreed that a new feast day be added to the liturgical calendar to honor Mary, called “Mother of the Church.” The announcement has been deemed unbiblical as the Catholic Church continues to place inordinate emphasis on Mary.

The Vatican announced the decree on Saturday, noting that the new Roman Catholic holiday will be observed every year on the Monday after Pentecost. This year, the occasion will fall on May 21.

“Having attentively considered how greatly the promotion of this devotion might encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety, Pope Francis has decreed that the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost and be now celebrated every year,” reads the decree, signed by Robert Sarah, prefect, and Arthur Roche, archbishop.

“This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the mystery of the cross, to the oblation of Christ in the eucharistic banquet and to the mother of the Redeemer and mother of the redeemed, the virgin who makes her offering to God,” it states.

The decree outlines that historic Roman Catholic figures—from Augustine to Paul VI—have endowed Mary with various titles, and claims that as Jesus asked his disciple, John, to look after His earthly mother in His physical absence, it signified that Mary was to be a subject of affection for all of Christ’s followers.

“Indeed, the mother standing beneath the cross (Jn. 19:25), accepted her Son’s testament of love and welcomed all people in the person of the beloved disciple as sons and daughters to be reborn unto life eternal. She thus became the tender mother of the Church which Christ begot on the cross handing on the Spirit,” the decree asserts. “Christ, in turn, in the beloved disciple, chose all disciples as ministers of his love towards His mother, entrusting her to them so that they might welcome her with filial affection.”

“Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church, while the latter says that the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church,” it states. “These considerations derive from the divine motherhood of Mary and from her intimate union in the work of the Redeemer, which culminated at the hour of the cross.”

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Read the decree in full here.

The Roman Catholic Church already has a number of feast days dedicated to Mary, including the Feast of Immaculate Conception—in observance of the Catholic belief that Mary was conceived without sin, and the Feast of Assumption—in observance of the belief that Mary did not die but ascended to Heaven like Jesus.

However, some believe that these holidays not only place inordinate emphasis on Mary, but are also unbiblical. Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries told Christian News Network that the Roman Catholic Church has essentially given Mary “goddess” status as she has been ascribed attributes that only belong to the divine.


“The Catholic Church has elevated Mary, a self-described servant of the Lord, to an omniscient goddess with divine attributes (Luke 1:38). She is said to be all-knowing, all seeing, and all powerful,” he explained. “Mary becomes a counterfeit savior: born sinless, without the stain of original sin, and living a sinless life. She becomes co-redeemer, provider of salvation, dispenser of forgiveness, and source of all grace. She is called the all-holy one, clearly a title belonging only to God.”

“This blasphemy stands in sharp contrast to what Scripture actually says and does not say about Mary,” Gendron continued. “When Jesus said, ‘I will build My Church,’ he never said Mary would be the mother of His Church. The one true Church has only one Head, one Shepherd and one Builder: the Lord Jesus Christ. The true Church is the body of Christ, the bride; the flock of Christ and the household of faith. Scripture never speaks of Mary having a leadership role or as a mother over the church.”

Gendron, who was a former Roman Catholic for over 30 years and now leads a ministry to speak truth to Catholics, said that the Scriptures do not provide a single instance of the disciples elevating or venerating Mary following the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ.

“In fact, the Bible says nothing about Mary’s life or her later years after Christ’s death,” he outlined. “When she briefly appears with the disciples and the other believers on the day of Pentecost, she’s not an object of worship or even a leader in the early church. She is just one among many. There simply are no biblical examples of anyone ever praying to her, honoring her or venerating her.”

“If you contrast that with the overwhelming number of books on the life of Mary, the miracles of Mary and the apparitions of Mary, it is obvious that a pagan goddess has been created in the minds of popes,” he added. “Only the name ‘Mary’ has been stolen from Christianity.”

Gendron said that “Jesus alone is the head of the Church and He alone is to be worshiped, venerated, adored and petitioned.”

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  • Reason2012

    “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
    Mark 7:7

    “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest [be baptized]. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
    Acts 8:36-37

    “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
    Matthew 23:5-10

    “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
    Ephesians 2:8-10

    “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
    Romans 4:4-5

    “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven [carved] image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”
    Exodus 20:4

    “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
    Isaiah 42:8

    “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
    1 Timothy 2:5

    “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
    Luke 1:46-47

    “And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
    Luke 11:27-28

    “And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”
    Mark 3:33-35

    “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he [Jesus] did once, when he offered up himself.”
    Hebrews 7:27

    “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
    Hebrews 10:10

    “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
    Acts 16:29-31

    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
    Matthew 7:13-15

    “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
    Matthew 7:21-23

    “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
    Revelation 22:8-9

    “And [Jesus] said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
    Mark 4:9

  • Barefoot Soul

    She isn’t.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    his name contains both the names Gog and Magog ………..

    • Lexical Cannibal

      To be fair, if your name contains Magog, Gog is already sort of bundled in.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        sure …..

  • Joan Smith

    I love all Christians… catholic and protestants. As a protestant, I was taught Mary is the best example of a Christian because in her “fiat” when the angel Gabriel proclaimed Jesus, the Son of God, was to be her Son. She said yes! She said yes to God’s will. As a catholic, I was taught the same thing. Just read the beginning on the Gospel of Luke, John, and Matthew to read some about Jesus’s mother. I know there are differences, but we have a lot more similarities than differences. Catholic believe in a communion of saints, and believe how one might ask others to pray for them, and that a person in heaven would be a good one to ask. They are fully human, but they are in heaven and completely glorified in God. May God’s mercy reach us all!

    • Off Shore

      “Catholic believe in a communion of saints”
      False doctrine!
      The Holy Bible tells of just a few people that went to Heaven (thief on the cross etc…), but other than that is to know the heart of man and to claim that is to claim only what God Himself knows. For the church of rome to claim they know who is in Heaven or who’s not without the Bible saying so is utter blaspheme.

      As far as more similarities than differences that doesn’t equate to being right. I as a born again christian have the belief in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in common with Satan, but that doesn’t mean he is good.

      If you really knew the false message of the roman church and the true Gospel of Jesus Christ then you would know that we are from opposite ends like Heaven and Hell.

      • BdgrGrrl

        The last paragraph of the Apostles’ Creed, affirmed by many Protestant denominations, as well as Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and the various Orthodox denominations, includes the words, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic (worldwide) church, the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Belief in the communion of saints is far from limited to Roman Catholics. How various Christian denominations interpret the clause “communion of saints” is diverse, but to assert that only Roman Catholics believe in the communion of saints is patently false.

        • Off Shore

          If you would have read what was wrote by the both of us you would have realized that the prayer referred to is to dead saints. I’ll post the quote again so that you can stay on try to stay on topic.

          “Catholic believe in a communion of saints, and believe how one might ask
          others to pray for them, and that a person in heaven would be a good
          one to ask.”

          I never said who did or didn’t affirm the communion of saints, so you are making up stuff at this point. You went into another whole direction I’m assuming to redirect from the fact that praying to the dead is wrong IAW the Word of God.

    • Charles

      No Mary wasn’t the best example. John the Baptist was the greatest among men. (Mat 11:11) Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Catholicism is just plain evil. It was meant to subvert God’s actual Church which is the believers in Jesus Christ through faith, not some pretty brick building with a million idols in and on them.

  • Off Shore

    Pure idol worship pure and simple

    Psalm 106:28
    They joined themselves also to Baal-peor, And ate sacrifices offered to the dead.

    The word maithim signifies dead men;
    Or in simpler terms they ate food for their dead hero’s as the pagans of the region did.
    Just as rcc’s continue to do today on feast days to their hero saints.

  • Archie Haase

    Comments here are mostly are Based on historical ignorance-superbly ignorant This article is boring and redundant.

    • Charles

      Really? You have an example I’m sure.

      • Archie Haase

        Read the article it says exactly what someone who has no understanding of historical Christianity. Post east west schism in the 11 century western Christianity is interpreted foolishly thinking the all perfect ooops God made a mistake and straightened things out by studied humans in the western reformation. lol

        • Charles

          I can understand what you are commenting on about Historical ignorance, but why is this article boring and redundant? I take it you don’t find the continued veneration of Mary disturbing?

  • Darin H

    I wonder if he is a Christian at all.

    • No, he’s Catholic. LOL! Sorry, had to joke…

  • Lydia Church

    The catholic church worships Mary (we are only to worship God), prays to the dead (forbidden in the Bible), looks to other ‘mediators,’ (Bible says Jesus is the only one), thinks Mary is a co-redeemer (official church doctrine, but only Jesus is our Redeemer) and that she was a perpetual virgin (but Jesus had half brothers via Joseph, see Bible). They think the church saves itself (you must go to them to be saved, but in reality you must come to Jesus), and they turn every true experience of God into a dead ritual that does not save. They practice idolatry in many forms. They are not the original church as in the early church, Constantine brought in pagan practices from the surrounding religions in 314 A.D. There is much more. If you want to know what real Christianity is, read the Bible, it is God’s Word and contradicts most of Catholicism. Use KJV 1611 if possible.

  • How can someone who is supposed to be the head of what is supposedly the largest Christian denomination on the planet be so spiritually immature and ignorant of God and His Holy Word?

  • Charles

    Mary is there co-mediatrix, and co-redemptress which is a complete joke. They will do anything to get your eyes off of Jesus Christ. Not going to work on God’s chosen you Charlatans.

  • robert boe

    The old christian western rite been around for many many many many many many centuries and it has no such day on its liturgical calender. Because it purpose was and still is Christ his merits alone, win you forgivness of sin and eternal life in heaven.. That is why Mary Jesus Mother in the Bible she called her God her savior .A person who is perfect doesn’t need a savior. MARY needed her Son to save her to from sin. The Mary the Pope is introducing is not only foreign to the bible but the old liturgical western rite Christian liturgy as well..

  • robert boe

    Beware of the teachings of The son of destruction/ perdition

  • Reason2012

    Jesus showed there is no such reverence for Mary, for His “mother”.

    “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
    Matthew 12:46-50