from Through the Year With Mary: 365 Reflections
"There is little doubt that we are passing through a period marked by a lack of interest in the saints. Much more is involved here than devotion to the saints, even St. Mary. What is at stake is the reality of the humanity of the risen Jesus. There is danger of so spiritualizing the risen Christ that we diminish awareness of His humanity ... Fr. Karl Rahner declared that the special temptation that affects Christians today, Catholics and Protestants alike, is the temptation to turn the central truths into abstractions, and abstractions have no need of mothers."
-- National Conference of Catholic Bishops (Mary in the Church: A Selection of Teaching Documents)