Tuesday, December 05, 2006

immaculate correction

As a devout ex-Catholic I find this mistake depressing. Maybe it's the time of year--I find everything depressing. Is the Globe now run by heathens? The Catholic Encyclopedia explains the difference: Immaculate Conception is about the Conception of Mary. The virgin birth on the other hand, is about Joseph being cuckolded by the Holy Ghost. The distinctions make me nostalgic:

The formal active essence of original sin was not removed from her soul as it is removed from others by baptism; it was excluded, it never was in her soul.

The "formal active essence"! Our essence, Mandrake! Or, in terms a Catholic child of a certain generation might understand, the milk bottle representing Mary's soul was white from the start, not stained black like yours. And it wasn't black and they fixed it either. It was white to begin with. No baptism necessary!

The state of original sanctity, innocence, and justice, as opposed to original sin, was conferred upon her, by which gift every stain and fault, all depraved emotions, passions, and debilities, essentially pertaining to original sin, were excluded.

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