[Milton-L] Mary

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Sun Dec 19 10:38:17 EST 2010


There's no need to argue about the doctrine of the immaculate conception, as
the Catholic Church has numerous encyclicals and the catechism available
online:

Here's an encyclical about the immaculate conception delivered in Feb. of
1904 by Pius X:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_x/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-x_enc_02021904_ad-diem-illum-laetissimum_en.html

Paragraph 18 defines the doctrine:

"No, to the Christian intelligence the idea is unthinkable that the flesh of
Christ, holy, stainless, innocent, was formed in the womb of Mary of a flesh
which had ever, if only for the briefest moment, contracted any stain."

The Catholic Encyclopedia is more clear and direct:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07674d.htm

The Catechism is just as clear, but more detailed:

http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p122a3p2.htm#II

What was news to me was that the doctrine wasn't proclaimed until 1854.

Jim R
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