Mary, the U.S. Bishops and the decade of silence: the 1973 pastoral letter "Behold Your Mother Woman of Faith"

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STD: Doctorate of Sacred Theology


International Marian Research Institute (in affiliation with the Marianum)


Committee Chair: Johann Roten


In the often-confusing years immediately after the Second Vatican Council, the Church in the United States noticed a dramatic decline in Marian devotion -- a period of ten years from 1963 to 1973, sometimes called the 'the decade of silence' about Mary. In 1973, the bishops of the United States, in an effort to revive and renew Marian devotion, published the pastoral letter Behold your Mother, woman of faith -- which became an all-time 'best seller' from the Bishops Conference. Monsignor Myler's work, Mary, the U.S. bishops and the decade of silence, is the first in-depth study of the pastoral letter, and examines: the historical and theological reasons for the decline; the story of the writing of the letter (from the archives, files, notes and correspondence of many members of the Catholic hierarchy); and an oral history from the theologian Father Eamon R. Carroll, O. Carm., who was the principal author of Behold your Mother, woman of faith"--Back cover."


Religion, Religious History, Theology, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Church, Pastoral Letters and Charges

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