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Marian Co-redemption: A Balthasarian Perspective



For an overview of what the Swiss dogmatician Hans Urs von Balthasar has to say on this theme, which in the pontificate of John Paul II re-surfaced in liturgical, theological and popular consciousness, I propose to divide up my material into a trio of segments. I shall give them titles that aim to illuminate Balthasar's thought. Thus I shall be looking at: firstly, ‘the pre-redemption’; secondly, ‘the co-redemption strictly so called’; and then thirdly, ‘the trans-redemption’. I preface my account of Balthasar's thinking on these three topics with a few general remarks about his Mariology, and close with some final reflections.