Vernacular Misconception

December 6, 2007 at 1:45 pm 2 comments

105_immacula.jpgMany non-Catholics mistakenly believe that the phrase “immaculate conception” refers to how Mary conceived Jesus. The technically correct term in Catholic dogma for Jesus’s conception, however, is “virgin conception.” In 1854 the dogma was expanded to include Mary’s “immaculate conception,” thus rendering Jesus not only virginally conceived but also making sure he gestated inside a human being who was not marred by sin either through her own conception or within her entire life. The proofs for this are outlined on the New Advent Web site.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is considered a holy day within Catholic doctrine—and as such, alternate-side-of-street parking is suspended that day annually. This year it falls on a Saturday (12/8), but I guess it would be crass to complain about religious holidays with parking benefits that don’t fall on weekdays.


Entry filed under: adult ed., Forest Hills, religion.

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  • 1. Anne  |  December 6, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Many Catholics mistakenly believe this, as well! I am one and it is a confusing concept, particularly with this holiday falling in close proximity to Christmas (which origin as the birth of Christ is a little shaky, but that’s another matter).

    Back to the post, 2008 is a leap year, so Dec. 8th will fall on a weekday (Mon.) next year.

    Thanks for shedding a bit of light on the subject during these ever growing shorter, thus darker days.

  • 2. karbeth  |  December 6, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Yet another reason to feast in 2008.


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