From last years post:
Despite the accusations made by progressive feminists, the Church has no position on the identity of Mary of Magdalene. Although she is a very important figure in the Gospels, we know little about her. From the Gospels, we know that she had been exorcised of seven demons from Luke’s Gospel (8:1-2), and every Gospel identifies her as one of the women at the foot of the Cross. She was also the first to discover the empty tomb and to encounter the risen Christ; and she is the one who announced to the to the Apostles, “I have seen the Lord” (Jn.20:18).
The Church is often accused of demonizing Mary of Magdalene as a prostitute. This is absolutely false. It is true that some Church Fathers speculated that she may be the women with the alabaster jar, who appears in all four Gospels, as the women who anointed the feet of Christ with expensive oil (Mt. 26:6-13;Mk14:1-2;Lk. 22:1-2;Jn.47:36-38). This woman is identified as a great sinner. This means that she would have been an outcast in the ancient Jewish community. That is why those in attendance were scandalized that Jesus let her near him. In that community those who committed certain grave sins, like being a tax collector as was Matthew, were permanently excommunicated from Jewish life. There was no redemption. Continue reading…
Reginaldos has an interesting post, St. Mary Magdalene and the insanity of modern Catholic biblical scholarship.