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Mary's Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception is the belief that "the most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and in view of the merits of Christ Jesus the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin..." (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus).

Some people object to this belief, saying that Mary would be equal to God if she were sinless, or that she would not need a savior if she were. But both of these claims can easily be proven false. The Bible does not explicitly say "Mary was born without sin," but many verses suggest that it could not have been any other way.

  • Immaculate Conception [12 min] - On the special grace granted to Mary; by Fr. Eric Forbes (cegguam.org)
  • The Immaculate Conception [11 min] - If Adam's flesh came from untainted matter, then why would Jesus, the New Adam, come from tainted matter? Part of the Audio Sancto Sermon Series (audiosancto.org)
  • The Universe of Discourse - Briefly looks at the "all have sinned" issue - Which group of people is it referring to? By Jimmy Akin (catholic.com)
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