This is the second course in the series on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church's Marian Dogmas.
In the first part of this course we study the Immaculate Conception from the Church's infallible dogma, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, the Church Fathers, and magisterial teaching. The eminent suitability of God acting in this manner is then demonstrated from faith and reason, following the argument "God can, it is most fitting, therefore God did" (potuit, decuit, ergo fecit).
In the second part we consider the theological controversy and ultimate resolution surrounding this dogma. We debunk ancient heretics such as Tertullian (2nd century), Origen (3rd century) and Pelgaius (4th century), and note the errors of great doctors such as St. Bernard (12th century) and St. Thomas Aquinas (13th century). We conclude with how the Church clarified the constant dogma of the faith, settling the matter with the aid Bl. John Donus Scotus' (+1308) subtle reasoning.
In the third part, we study the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus (1854) by Pope Pius IX in which he infallibly defined this dogma. We link his teaching and hoped for results with events surrounding Church approved Marian apparitions.
In the fourth and final part of the course, we consider important spiritual implications of this dogma, as well as practical lessons for our daily life of faith.
Although our major reference is Mother of God by Fr. Cyril Bernard, OSB, a number of others sources are also used.Please note, if you a visitor or subscriber to our website you are able to hear a sample audio file. However, the full audio for is only available to those who have united themselves to this apostolate through regular donations. You can do so by CLICKING HERE. You can also learn more about sharing our apostolate by CLICKING HERE.