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
Here's an encyclical about the immaculate conception delivered in Feb. of
1904 by Pius X:
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:
The Catechism is just as clear, but more detailed:
What was news to me was that the doctrine wasn't proclaimed until 1854.
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