Sinlessness of Mary

Q. Do Catholics have to believe in the sinlessness and assumption of Mary?

A. Yes. We are obliged to accept and believe everything the Church teaches. If you are having trouble with any doctrine of the Catholic Church then you may have to simply choose to submit to the wisdom and authority of the Church. In other words, accept it purely on faith. But of course it is far better if you are convinced that what the Church teaches is true and makes more sense than any competing ideas. But this may take time for you to research the reasons that the Church teaches the doctrine you are having trouble with. You can ask a knowledgeable priest or research on the internet. And pray for God to help you find the answers to your questions.

I can guarantee that if you are honestly searching for the truth and not just trying to find fault with the Church, you will find answers that will be both simple and sublime. I have done this research many times and every time the answers are more intelligent, more logical and better documented than I had expected. I am thoroughly convinced by the evidence and thoughtfulness of Catholic theologians and don’t have to take blind leaps of faith.

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7 Responses to Sinlessness of Mary

  1. diane says:

    Hi, y’all. A ratrher antri-Catholic Catholic (long story) told me today that most Eastern Catholics reject supposedly “post-schism” dogmas like the Immaculate Conception and papal infallibilty. I think that’s hogwash, but I welcome y’all’s take on it.

    In the Immaculata,

    Diane

  2. diane says:

    oops, sorry f typos…my “r” key must be jinxed! ;)

  3. Nan says:

    Eastern Catholics are in communion with Rome but arrived there after following other liturgical traditions, which were retained. The result is that each church follows its traditions and it isn’t necessary for it to adopt Latin tradition. Each accepts the authority of the Pope. Whether they specifically use the term “papal infallibility” is irrelevant.

    As for “rejecting” post-schismatic dogma, that’s already covered under “follow their own traditions”.

  4. A ratrher anti-Catholic Catholic (long story) told me today that most Eastern Catholics reject supposedly “post-schism” dogmas like the Immaculate Conception and papal infallibilty. I think that’s hogwash, but I welcome y’all’s take on it.

    They are a vocal, vocal minority of idealogues. The best of us have left the net to the rest of us… The folks in the pews aren’t into playing those sorts of games, however much so many of the johnny-come-lately-Greek-Catholics-by-choice wish to pretend like they belong to the GOA or ROCOR because they are canonical members of an Eastern Catholic parish.

    Go tell the parishoners of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philly that they reject the IC, and see what happens.

  5. Zan says:

    Here here Simple Sinner (thats why I like the guy he tells it as it is)! I am, like Simple Sinner, an Eastern Catholic (UGCC to be specific) and none of us deny papal infallibility or the Immaculate Conception. If we denied the Immaculate Conception the names of half of our churches would have to be changed, and I would have to switch patron saints :)

    Like Simple said, those who do deny those things are a small group who yap a lot.

  6. NYer says:

    Nan said: “Eastern Catholics are in communion with Rome but arrived there after following other liturgical traditions, ”

    That is true for some but not all of the Eastern Churches. The Maronite Catholic Church has always been in full communion with Rome. The Maronite Calendar recognizes the feasts of the Ascension and Immaculate Conception. Maronites are very devoted to the Blessed Mother.

  7. Nan says:

    Which totally explains why Maronites were evangelized after the Crusades.

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