By Tom Quiner Have you noticed something odd about the Bible? It makes no reference to the existence of the ‘Bible’ … and yet it exists. I reference this oddity in light of a question from a Quiner’s Diner reader on the subject of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. His question: “Is there a scripture that talks about…

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Does the Immaculate Conception still have you scratching your head?

My recent posts on the subject have generated some good reactions, even if many of my Protestant readers remain dubious.

Here’s an outstanding, and brief, video on the subject by the always entertaining Fr. Mike Schmidt.

I hope you find it helpful in understanding why Catholics believe the way they do.

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“Is there a scripture that talks about Mary having been saved from her sin before she was born?”

The quick answer is yes and no, the same answer we’d give if the question were:

“Is there a scripture that talks about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity?”

Yes and no. Although Catholicism and Protestantism are united in their belief in the Holy Trinity, sacred scripture doesn’t directly reference the term, just as it doesn’t directly reference the term “Immaculate Conception” in describing Mary…

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“The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”

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