The Blessed Virgin Mary – Immaculate Conception

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071 Hoped for Results

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Given by Mr. David Rodriguez , November 22, 2014 (Ineffabilis Deus.)
A detailed study of the dogma that Mary is the Immaculate Conception and an object lesson on the authentic meaning of the 'development of doctrine' given by Mr. David Rodríguez, M. Th. - Five CD Audio Set

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.

Go to the first class page in this series: The Mother of God.
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CD 6 (1 of 5)

6. Dogma and Scripture on the Immaculate Conception

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CD 7 (2 of 5)

7. True Development of Dogma

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CD 8 (3 of 5)

8. Potuit, Decuit, ergo Fecit

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9. Ineffabilis Deus

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CD 10 (5 of 5)

10. Spiritual Implications of the Immaculate Conception

Bl. John Dons Scotus, the Subtle Doctor, triumphantly drives the chariot which honors and proclaims the Immaculate Conception. He is led by the Evangelists. He holds aloft the Franciscan banner. The wheels crush the infernal serpent (ipsa conteret) and heretics of the past. His parchment reads "Potuit, Decuit, ergo Fecit."