Immaculate Conception


Immaculate Conception

noun

Definition of IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

1
:  the conception of the Virgin Mary in which as decreed in Roman Catholic dogma her soul was preserved free from original sin by divine grace
2
:  December 8 observed as a Roman Catholic feast in commemoration of the Immaculate Conception

First Known Use of IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

1687

Immaculate Conception

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Roman Catholicism, the dogma that Mary was not tainted by original sin. Early exponents included St. Justin Martyr and St. Irenaeus; St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas were among those who opposed it. In 1439 the Council of Basel stated that the belief was in accordance with Catholic faith, and in 1709 Pope Clement XI made the feast of the Immaculate Conception a holy day of obligation. In 1854 Pius IX issued a papal bull making it official church dogma. See also Virgin Birth.

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