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In my previous article, I noted that Mary Magdalene was an apostle of Jesus Christ and possibly the main apostle or ‘apostle of apostles’ as she is sometimes called. You can read that article here,
Something that Mary Magdalene was not, is a prostitute. All serious religious scholars agree on this point as does the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. If Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute, nor were her sins identified as ‘sins of the flesh,’ why do so many people view Mary Magdalene as the sexy, ‘fallen woman?’
It began as a shameful lie, invented by Pope Gregory I in 597 C.E., in which he combined three separate women from the New Testament into one. He combined Mary Magdalene with Mary of Bethany and a woman who is not named but is referred to as a ‘sinner.’ In The DaVinci Code, this lie is portrayed as part of a conspiracy on the part of the Catholic Church intended to slander Mary Magdalene and hide her true role as Christ’s wife and the mother of his children. Others, more friendly to the Catholic Church, claim that it must have been an error on the part of Pope Gregory I, and some even continue to defend it as truth.
In ‘The Mary Magdalene Controversies: Was She the “Sinful Woman”? ,’ part of the book, Secrets of Mary Magdalene, Arne J. De Keijzer offers this excellent explanation of how this erroneous idea of Mary Magdalene as a sinner rather than an apostle came about. He writes,