The theologians of the middle ages deliberated in detail the Forever Virgin condition of Mary. How could this man/god be born of someone as common as one of us? Since Christ is all man and all God, His mother would have to be all divine. The church institution fashioned the idea of the Immaculate Conception. The concept was declared doctrine in 1854. It was a theological creation which became dogma at considerable expense to women.
One Hundred years later another detail of her divinity needed clarification. If she was immaculately conceived then where would her divine body go at her death? It was decided Mary did not die but rather “slept”, and afterwards her holy body was taken up to heaven with Christ. This statement became an article of Faith in 1950. The Church institution needed an example of undefiled sexuality, divine meekness, perfected womanhood; they found it in the Virgin Mary.
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