Mary is seen as having a singular dignity above the saints.
The Catholic Church teaches that she was conceived without original sin therefore receiving a higher level of veneration than all other saints.
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Roman Catholic Mariology thus studies not only her life but also the veneration of her in daily life, prayer, hymns, art, music, and architecture in modern and ancient Christianity throughout the ages.
The four dogmas of perpetual virginity, Mother of God, Immaculate Conception and Assumption form the basis of Mariology.
The church teaches that through consecration by a priest the sacrificial bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.
The Catholic Church practises closed communion, with only baptised members in a state of grace ordinarily permitted to receive the Eucharist.
The Catholic Church has defined four Marian dogmas: the Immaculate Conception, the dogma that Mary was conceived without original sin; her status as the Mother of God; her perpetual virginity; and her bodily assumption into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.
while two Marian dogmas are ancient, the other two were defined in the 19th and 20th centuries; and papal teachings on Mary have continued to appear in recent times.
In parallel to the traditional views, since the late 19th century, a number of other perspectives have been presented as a challenge to Roman Catholic Mariology.
Other Christian views see Mariology as unbiblical and a denial of the uniqueness of Christ as redeemer and mediator The study of Mary and her place in the Catholic Church has been undertaken from a number of perspectives and within a number of contexts, and in his address to the 2012 Mariological congress, Pope Benedict XVI stated that this study must be "understood and deeply examined from different and complementary viewpoints".
Pope Benedict XVI has also emphasized that the study of Mary can not be performed in isolation from other disciplines and that Mariology is inherently related to the study of Christ and of the Church, and expresses the inner coherence of these disciplines.