Monday, December 08, 2008


This Day in the History of Catholic Dogma

On this day in 1854, Pope Pius IX issued the dogma, known now as the 'Immaculate Conception', in his apostolic letter, "Ineffabilis Deus". He asserted that by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, Mary was freed from original sin "in the first instant of conception." Most non Catholics can't get their heads around this concept--that Mary was born without sin rather than Mary bore Jesus without the sin of having sex. The conception at issue here was Mary's in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, not Jesus in Mary's womb; that second one was virgin birth, which is a different thing. All clear?


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