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What is the basis for saying that Aquinas accepted the Immaculate Conception?

St. Thomas's views on the Immaculate Conception went through three phases.cf. also ch. 2, art. 2, § "St. Thomas and the Immaculate Conception" of Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life by Fr. ...
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Do Mormons believe that Jesus was not begotten by Holy Spirit but by Adam?

No, Mormons do not believe that. The doctrine was never submitted to the councils of the Priesthood nor to the church for approval or ratification, and was never formally or otherwise accepted by ...
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Immaculate Conception: Why was it necessary for our Salvation?

Was Mary's Immaculate Conception Absolutely Necessary for our Salvation? Before I go on with my answer, I object to that fact that you claim that according to many Catholic apologists, like Dr. Robert ...
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Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary did not have pain giving birth to Jesus come from?

Her painless childbirth follows from these truths of divine revelation: Painful childbirth is one of the punishments of Original Sin (Gen. 3:16: "in travail shalt thou bring forth children")...
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Did any church fathers after Chrysostom believe that Mary committed sin?

Besides Chrysostom and Cyril, not taking into account those who lived earlier than them, we could point to: 1) Theodoret of Cyrus (393 – 458) defending the two natures of Christ, gives an example of ...
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For those who deny the Immaculate Conception, why did Jesus not have original sin?

There are at least several ways that this is explained. Here are three common ones. One approach, taken by early and medieval theologians before the doctrine of the immaculate conception was widely ...
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In what sense was Mary born without original sin in Roman Catholic dogma?

The most authoritative explanation of the Immaculate Conception comes from Pope Pius IX's dogmatic definition of it in Ineffabilis Deus (1854): We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine ...
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If God could make Mary sinless, why not anybody else?

If God could make Mary sinless, why not anybody else? God, being omnipotent, could have created the world differently and made us all "immaculate conceptions", but he chose not to. We must ...
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Immaculate Conception: Why was it necessary for our Salvation?

Her being immaculately conceived was not absolutely necessary for Christ's redemption of mankind, but one must believe the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is true if one wishes to be saved. It is a ...
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Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God?

Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God? The short answer is no. It is obvious, that as a result of her Immaculate Conception, her fullness of grace and her holiness, the ...
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Is Mary's grace of Immaculate Conception the same as that of "Holy" Mary?

Mary's Immaculate Conception was the consequence of a singular Grace of God. God did not protect her from commiting sin all through her life. But as the result of her Immaculate conception, she was ...
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In Catholic Theology, was Mary "Unable" to Sin?

In Catholic Theology, was Mary "Unable" to Sin? The short answer is no. Mary could have sinned, but never did. Never been a fan of Wikipedia explications at times. Their articles are not ...
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Why did Our Lady of Lourdes say "I am the Immaculate Conception" and not "I am immaculately conceived" or "I am the Mother of God"?

#Our Lady of Lourdes appears to St. Bernadette and tells her "I am the Immaculate Conception". Joan Cruz's See How She Loves Us: 50 Approved Apparitions of Our Lady, § "Our Lady of ...
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Did St. Joachim prevent the transmission of original sin to Mary by overcoming concupiscence?

The Blessed Virgin Mary's immaculate conception was not due to the merits of St. Joachim but to "a special grace and privilege of God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ" (Ineffabilis ...
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Why are the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary such a big deal that all Catholics must believe in them?

Catholics believe that Mary was chosen, not so that she could be the Mother of God, but so that she could choose whether or not to be the Mother of God—and that in order to make this choice in ...
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Does "all have sinned" (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being?

According to Catholicism: Does “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being? According to Catholicism the short answer is: No. The two exceptions according to the Church were ...
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Do Mormons believe that Jesus was not begotten by Holy Spirit but by Adam?

First off, you are correct. The Journal of Discourses is not canonized scripture and not considered doctrine: The Journal of Discourses is not an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of ...
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Why is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception treated differently?

Of course, in the United States, and in addition to all Sundays, we're obligated to attend Mass on the Holy Days of Obligation. There are six of them, in the United States. Whenever January 1 (Mary, ...
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According to Catholicism, how was Mary born without original sin?

According to Catholicism, how was Mary born without original sin? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And ...
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If Mary is sinless then how is Christ her victory?

The Catholic Church teaches that Mary's immaculate conception was made possible by Christ's sacrifice --- just like any graces that we get. Specifically, the decree "Ineffabilis Deus", in ...
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If Catholics believe new revelation from God has ceased, how do they defend the Marian dogmas?

Revelation comes from two sources: Scripture and Traditioncf. Fr. Chad Ripperger's The Binding Force of Tradition Marian dogmas like the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption tend to be found much ...
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What are the 5 blaphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

The 5 blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary (given by Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucy, May 29 or 30, 1930): Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception. Blasphemies against Her [...
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Did any Early Church Fathers believe that Mary was without sin?

From a Roman Catholic "Encyclopedia of Theology" I gleaned the following: The absolute sinlessness of Mary was taught for the first time by Pelagius and Augustine, then that view was ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Immaculate Conception?

Pope Pius IX—who, in Ineffabilis Deus, defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, that Mary was conceived without Original Sin—cites: Luke 1:28 ("Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: ...
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What is the Immaculate Conception?

The Immaculate Conception is that which is required if Mary is the new Eve (that is to say that Eve is a type of Mary). The premise that Eve is a type of Mary as evidenced in Scripture appears to be ...
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Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary did not have pain giving birth to Jesus come from?

The idea of "no pain in birth" sources generally to the Infancy Gospel of James. And to those like Marcion, Valentinus, Apelles, and others who taught various ideas about Jesus' flesh. ...
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Did any church fathers after Chrysostom believe that Mary committed sin?

Cyril of Alexandria (A. D. 376 – 444)- A recognized Father of the Eastern Orthodox Church, appears to have held that Mary had committed sin. This is not without controversy though, and ultimately ...
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In what sense was Mary born without original sin in Roman Catholic dogma?

Newman's explanation is not the official statement of the dogma, but it is not contrary to it. I think he is trying to make the following points for those who might object to the dogma: The fact that ...
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What did the Trent lack with regard to Immaculate Conception that Ineffabilis Deus did not?

Pope Pius IX wrote in Ineffabilis Deus explicitly: Besides, we must note a fact of the greatest importance indeed. Even the Council of Trent itself, when it promulgated the dogmatic decree ...
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If Mary is sinless then how is Christ her victory?

Sinlessness of Mary? It is true that according to Catholicism, Mary is believed to be immaculately conceived and did not commit any real personal sin, but these graces did not preserve Mary from being ...
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