Pope Gregory Creates the Penitent Woman thus

The Libellus responsionum: a papal letter said to have been written by Pope Gregory to Augustine of Canterbury.

The Libellus responsionum: a papal letter said to have been written by Pope Gregory to Augustine of Canterbury.

Pope Gregory I in 591:

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 these seven devils signify, if not all the vices?

It is clear my 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 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.

These words mark the beginning of Church doctrine on Mary Magdalene. It stayed in place until 1969 and it shaped relations between men and women during that time.

This Easter, we’re going to look at the actual, real life Mary Magdalene and her role in the crucifixtion and resurrection of the actual, real life Jesus.

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