THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2013
Mary Magdalene was NOT A PROSTITUTE. She was a wealthy, honorable, respected and loyal woman. The ONLY reason anybody thinks she was a prostitute was because of a lie made by Pope Gregory in 597 AD.
Something that Mary Magdalene was not, is a prostitute.
All serious religious scholars agree on this point. If Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute, why do so many people view Mary Magdalene as the 'fallen woman?'
It began as a shameful lie, invented by the Vatican. Yes, specifically by Pope Gregory I in 597 AD, in which he combined three separate women from the New Testament into one. He combined Mary Magdalene with Mary of Bethany and a woman who is not named but is referred to as a 'sinner.' In The DaVinci Code, this horrendous Vatican lie is portrayed as part of a conspiracy on the part of the Catholic Church intended to slander Mary Magdalene and hide her true role as Christ's wife and the mother of his children. Others, who dare to believe the lies of the Vatican claim that "it must have been an error on the part of Pope Gregory I" and some even continue to defend it as truth.
'The Mary Magdalene Controversies: Was She the "Sinful Woman"? ,' part of the book, Secrets of Mary Magdalene, Arne J. De Keijzer offers this excellent explanation of how this erroneous idea of Mary Magdalene as "a sinner" rather than an apostle came about. He writes,
'Pope Gregory accomplished this [the ruining of Mary Magdalene's reputation] in two steps. First, by declaring that the reading from the pulpit on Mary Magdalene's feast day, July 22, henceforth would be from Luke 7:'
...behold a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him [to eat in his house] saw it, he spake with himself, saying, this man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Secondly, he [Gregory] delivered a Homily in which he charged the faithful to follow this interpretation of the verse:
She whom Luke calls the sinful woman, whom John calls Mary, we believe to be the Mary from whom seven devils were ejected according to Mark. And what did the seven devils signify, if not all vices?... It is clear, brothers, that the woman previously used the unguent to perfume her flesh in forbidden acts. What she therefore displayed more scandalously, she was now offering to God in a more praiseworthy manner. She had coveted with earthly eyes, but now through penitence these are consumed with tears. She displayed her hair to set off her face, but now her hair dries her tears. She had spoken proud things with her mouth, but in kissing the Lord's feet, she now planted her mouth on the Redeemer's feet. For every delight, therefore, she had had in herself, she now immolated herself. She turned the mass of her crimes to virtues, in order to serve God entirely in penance, for as much as she had wrongly held God in contempt.
In great part because of pressure from within, the Vatican finally over-ruled Pope Gregory's interpretation about Mary Magdalene in 1969, with neither an apology nor even an official statement. The Second Vatican Council simply altered the reading for the feast day as part of a general reform of the Catholic church calendar regarding the way these people were to be remembered. The Roman missal [book of readings for Catholic Mass] and the Roman calendar now directed the reading be changed from Luke 7 to the Gospel of John, Chapter 10, verses 1-2 and 11-18.'
The above-mentioned are the biblical verses that refer to Mary Magdalene by her name, rather than as 'a woman' or 'a sinner' and identify her as the first to witness the empty tomb and the first to see the resurrected Christ.
Posted by John MacHaffie at 12:44 PM