‘Pope’ Prays in Observance of Catholic Belief Mary Was Conceived Sinless: ‘You Free Us From Stain of Sin’

ROME — In one of the feasts and celebrations marked on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar leading up to Christmas, Catholics around the world observed the Feast of Immaculate Conception on Thursday, a day in which those who follow the religion commemorate their belief that Mary was conceived without sin.

Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, made his fourth visit to the “Column of the Immaculate Conception” in the Piazza di Spagna to pay homage to Mary and to pray that she would give protection and blessings.

“O Mary, our immaculate mother, on your feast day I come to you. And I come not alone. I bring with me all those with whom your Son entrusted me in this city of Rome and in the entire world, that You may bless them and preserve them from harm,” he said, according to a transcription from Vatican Radio.

Bergoglio prayed specifically for those who are lonely, abandoned and unemployed, stating that mankind is in need of her “immaculateness” in reaching out to others.

“We thank you, O mother, because in showing yourself to us you free us of all stain of sin,” he said. “You remind us that what comes first is the grace of God, the love of Jesus Christ who gave his life for us, the strength of the Holy Spirit which renews all things.”

“Let us not give in to discouragement, but that trusting in your constant help, we engage ourselves fully in renewal of self, of this city and of the entire world,” Bergoglio concluded.

As previously reported, Catholics observe the supposed birth date of Mary on Sept. 8, known as the Feast of the Nativity, and also recognize the estimated day that she was conceived on Dec. 8, known as the Feast of Immaculate Conception.

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The concept of the immaculate conception was declared by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, who issued a proclamation ex cathedra claiming that it had been revealed to him by God that Mary was conceived without sin.

“We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the blessed virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful,” he said.

In 1857, Pius IX also had a statue dedicated in recognition of the doctrine—the very statue before which Bergoglio and all other Roman Catholic leaders have stood annually. The figure, which rests atop the Column of Immaculate Conception, was sculpted by Giuseppe Obici, and shows Mary stomping the head of a serpent.


But some state that the concept of the immaculate conception is unbiblical as it is not found in the Scriptures.

“Not only is Mary’s immaculate conception and her sinlessness not revealed in God’s inspired, infallible Word, it goes directly against the teaching of Scripture,” Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries told Christian News Network. “The Bible clearly states that the sin of Adam was spread to all his descendants, including Mary.”

He pointed to Romans 5:12, which reads, “[A]s by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,” as well as Romans 3:10 and 23, which teach that “there is none righteous, no, not one,” and that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Gendron also noted that Mary acknowledged her need of the Savior from sin when she said in Luke 1:47, “My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.”

He said that not only is the doctrine of immaculate conception unbiblical, but Bergoglio’s assertion that Mary “frees us from the stain of sin” is an affront to the gospel.

“He profanely attributed to Mary what Christ alone had accomplished on Calvary’s cross,” Gendron said. “The pope’s prayer robbed Christ of His glorious accomplishment of purifying for Himself a people for His own possession (Titus 2:14). It was Jesus who ‘made purification of sins’ and ‘sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high’ indicating His redemptive work was finished (Heb. 1:3).”

“The pope needs to stop exalting Mary as a sinless mediator and give all glory honor and praise to Jesus because it was His precious blood that purifies His people from ALL sin (1 John 1:7),” he stated.

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  • want2say

    I believe that Father God knew from the beginning that Mary would be the one through whom He would come into the world so He created her sinless to be the pure vessel He would use. As mother of Jesus, she is crowned, by the Blessed Trinity, as Queen of Heaven, full of Grace. The words to the Hail Mary prayer are all in the Bible and do refer to her. Jesus loves His Mother, so I do too.

    • Guest254

      Mary was not sinless, she was a virgin, blessed and highly favored. Per scripture in Luke, she knew God’s plans to send a Savior and she said she shall be called blessed. She was not sinless, she was a virgin at the time the Holy Spirit came over her and she became with child, Jesus.

    • So, if she was sinless, why have Jesus? We didn’t need Him. All we needed was her. And if she was sinless, she didn’t need a Savior & she herself said she was giving birth to her own Savior. A perfect person doesn’t need a Savior. Many people in the Word were found worthy to do mighty things of God. She wasn’t perfect but was a good young lady of 14. Joseph was highly favored. He wasn’t perfect but God showed him favor. Many were shown favor.

    • Amos Moses

      Oy Vey ………….. “as Queen of Heaven” …….. yeah …. NO ………

      The phrase “the queen of heaven” appears in the Bible twice, both times in the book of Jeremiah. The first incident is in connection with the things the Israelites were doing that provoked the Lord to anger. Entire families were involved in idolatry. The children gathered wood, and the men used it to build altars to worship false gods. The women were engaged in kneading dough and baking cakes of bread for the “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18). This title referred to Ishtar, an Assyrian and Babylonian goddess also called Ashtoreth and Astarte by various other groups. She was thought to be the wife of the false god Baal, also known as Molech. The motivation of women to worship Ashtoreth stemmed from her reputation as a fertility goddess, and, as the bearing of children was greatly desired among women of that era, worship of this “queen of heaven” was rampant among pagan civilizations. Sadly, it became popular among the Israelites as well.

      • Guest254

        also primarily why they wanted to Israelite women to shut up or learn at home because they thought they would be saved via child bearing. Which is why the woman yelled at Jesus blessed are the paps that gave you suck. And why the Esphesians worshipped Diana and so forth. Those were the unruly women told to keep quiet.

    • Oboehner

      “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23

  • Guest254

    God’s people perish for a lack of knowledge. People should study the scriptures because God has given us all that ability to reason with Him.

    • It’s truly sad that they don’t research it for themselves & instead put their faith in man. Straight from hell & smells of smoke. They lead so many away from the true Gospel. Modern-day Pharisees.

      • Guest254

        One day they will realize man’s religion that opposes freedom in Jesus! I’m glad you know about them Pharisees especially and scribes and priests. Most don’t

        • But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matt 7:14

    • Robert

      The pope forgot to tell Mary she was sinless evidently . She calls God her savior in scripture .sinless people do not need a savior. NOW EITHER Mary is the confused one or the roman pope is . I kinda think it s pope Frank.. you can look up Mary confessing her
      Savior God using bible gate way. Or Marys song..

      • Guest254

        Awesome. I agree. I have that understanding that Mary was righteous and favored and a virgin but NOT sinless or born without sin.

  • Reason2012

    What the catholic denomination fails to notice how they contradict themselves on this yet another false doctrine: if Mary “needed” to be without the stain of original sin for Jesus to be born without the stain of original sin, then how is it Mary could be born that way when HER parents both had the stain of original sin?

    No, Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit. They think Mary was born without original sin by two parents that had the stain of original sin, trying to deny Christ can be born without the stain of original sin, even though He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not Joseph. It just shows how deceptive that denomination is, how they lift up others besides just Christ to be worshipped, and that born again believers in God need to get out of that false church and into a church that believes on and preaches God’s Word, not their own church doctrines instead.

    The Bible even points out that Mary needed a savior.

    Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”

    God even tells us to get out of that false religion:

    Revelation 18:4-5 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”

    His people will come out of her. Those that are not His people will not.

  • kenster777

    She was blessed but not perfect Luke 1:28-30.
    Jesus was not born of Man but the Power of the Holy Ghost Luke 1:35.
    Jesus himself did not exalt Mary above any other disciple Matthew 12:47-50.
    There is on Mediator between God and Man and that is Jesus John 14:6 and 1 Timothy 2:5
    Blind leaders of the blind Matthew 15:14

  • Rick

    The papacy of Rome has perpetuated heresies for hundreds of years, this shouldn’t be a surprise. To follow strict Catholicism is to follow papal doctrine. If you see a church allowing false teaching, you should leave it and find a church that teaches the Word of God only.

  • Trilemma

    Of course Mary was born sinless. Everyone is born sinless. The creation story in Genesis is allegory so in Romans 5:12 Paul was speaking allegorically.

    • Guest254

      Not true. 1 John 1:8, if that were the case everyone would be born understanding the perfect will of God for mankind.

      • Trilemma

        Newborn babies can’t say anything so the writer of 1John must be speaking to fellow adults in verse 1:8.

        • Guest254

          It’s not about what they can say, it’s about the imagination of the heart being evil towards God. See Genesis Ch. 6.

          • Trilemma

            How does a newborn baby have an imagination of the heart that’s evil towards God?

          • Guest254

            By not knowing God or His ways.

          • Trilemma

            Since a newborn baby doesn’t know God or His ways, what sort of evil do you suppose a newborn baby is imagining in it’s heart?

          • Guest254

            Evil: everything that is outside of God’s will.

            When a newborn baby is born, because of the Fallen state of man, they err in their heart. Pride does what it wants to do and resists God’s will.

            Our God does understand that they are babies and they will get a chance to be learned to make choices. That’s why we now how Jesus, so that we can be born again in our hearts and spiritually connected to God.

            When Adam fell, He fell away from God, Adam died a spiritual death, so all mankind after him are born in a fallen away sinful nature.

            If we acknowledge who God is through His son Jesus, and change our ways, Jesus is faithful to forgive us our sins and reconnect us to Our Father.

            If you haven’t met the Holy Spirit, just simply ask Jesus to make Himself known to you to make you believe. Jesus will do it.

          • Trilemma

            If God is omnipotent then nothing is outside His will.

            How can a newborn baby resist the will of God? How does a newborn baby demonstrate pride? All they do is eat, sleep and poop.

          • Guest254

            Everything is allowed by God correct. God gave a specific set of instructions for mankind in the beginning. The fall of mankind introduced an evil and corrupt imagination. A baby has an imagination and can think too. All it is saying is that, they imagine evil against God’s will.
            Pride is simply doing what you want to do, thus we are all born with a sinful nature. Until we come to know His Son Jesus, we take on His nature and be born again. If we walk in all his commandments and statutes you shall not sin no more. His commandments are not hard or grievous. It takes work because we have indulged into the world which allows anything. But again God’s ways promote peace and love.

          • Trilemma

            I think you’re imagining the imagination of a baby is imagining things the imagination of a baby is not developed enough to imagine.

          • Babies go to heaven regardless. They are born into sin but haven’t committed any sin.
            2 Samuel 12:15-23 tells us of this very fact. And the LORD afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. 16David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” 20Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”

            As we see in the last verse, David said he would go to the baby one day & we all know David was a man after God’s own heart. The baby is born into sin but isn’t held accountable for that sin.

          • Trilemma

            If God can’t allow sin to be in His presence, then the only way for a baby to go to Heaven without having accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior is to be without sin.

          • They are still born ‘into’ sin if they are born into this world.

          • Amos Moses

            “All they do is eat, sleep and poop.”

            hence they are totally self centered and apart from God ……….

          • Trilemma

            They are not apart from God. They’re doing what God created them to do. This so called self centeredness is not sin or sinful. When Jesus was a newborn baby, all He did was eat, sleep and poop.

          • Amos Moses

            if it separates them from God ….. then it is a sin nature and it is rejection of God and His way ………. it is idolatry ….. it is that self is more important than any other thing … and as an infant they know nothing else ………..

          • Trilemma

            It doesn’t separate them from God because they’re not disobeying God. The newborn baby Jesus was no different from any other newborn baby.

          • Amos Moses

            they are disobeying God as they do not know God …………

            “The newborn baby Jesus was no different from any other newborn baby.”

            He was completely different ……… He had no earthly father …….. He was fully man and fully God …. dont ask me to explain how that is …. it just is …. we are given no explanation for it other than it was Gods will ……… to be here with us as a man and as God …. to experience what we experience …. and to redeem us in that process …. to live as we live and to die as we die ….. and then to defeat death by His resurrection … that we may finally defeat death in Him …

          • Amos Moses

            a baby knows nothing outside of itself ….. it is totally self-centered …. it is outside of God and any other reality but its own needs and desires ……

          • Trilemma

            A baby is doing exactly what God created it to do. It is behaving totally within the will of god. The baby is not disobeying God.

          • Amos Moses

            a baby does not know God and is self centered and that is idolatry …….

          • Trilemma

            A baby doesn’t worship idols.

          • Amos Moses

            the idol is themselves …. and yes it is ………… an idol is anything not God ……..

          • Trilemma

            An idol is anything not God that is worshiped as god. Babies don’t worship themselves.

          • Amos Moses

            they know nothing outside of themselves ….. it is all they know ….. it is separation from God …. it is what a-theists do …. their God is their belly and their desires and needs to the exclusion of anything else …. that is worship …………..

    • Ken Faivor

      Everybody is born with the sin nature, it’s inherited. That’s why we need to be born again to receive His divine nature which is our inheritance.

      2Pe_1:4 whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in that world by lust.

      • Trilemma

        It’s not a sin to be born with a sin nature. God must have created Adam and Eve with sin natures otherwise they wouldn’t have sinned in the garden. According the Genesis, sin entered the world when Adam disobeyed God and not when he was created by God with a sin nature.

        • Guest254

          God created Adam and Eve, He said they were good. Good means they functioned as He purposed them to. Eve was beguiled into eating of the fruit and Adam ate of the fruit receiving the commandment from God afore time, caused their eyes to open. We have forgiveness because mankind did not know evil or sin. Mankind only knew God’s perfect will. Satan and his crew, knew God’s will being as they were created with the knowledge of good and evil. They received their judgement instantly. BUT God has not given up on mankind, but it’s up to us to seek out God and live His ways.

          • Trilemma

            I’ve had many friends try to beguile me into using drugs. I never did because it wasn’t in my nature to take them. Eve could not have been beguiled if it wasn’t in her God given nature.

          • Guest254

            Eve did not know evil. All she knew at the time she was created was God perfect will for mankind and His loving nature. Eve had never been beguiled or lied to, so that’s why it was easy for them to be beguiled. If you notice that God didn’t punish them into eternal damnation like He did for the angels that fell after Satan, Thus the angels knew God’s will and ways, God provided a way to get mankind back unto Him. Those that choose Him.

          • Trilemma

            God could have created Eve to have whatever knowledge she needed to keep her from being deceived. It’s obvious that God wanted her to be deceived.

          • Amos Moses

            the word beguiled is to be deceived …….. and she was ……….

          • Trilemma

            God created Eve to be deceivable and then God put a deceiver in the garden with her. Why is it a sin for a person to be the way God created them?

          • Amos Moses

            sin is a violation of the law …. in Eden they had one law, and only one law to follow ….. “do not eat from that tree” …… God knew before the creation was created that it would happen …….. why is it a sin for a murderer to murder if God created him to be one? ……. that is the wrong question …… and your question is the same question Adam had when he tried to blame God for giving him Eve as a wife instead of accepting responsibility for their breaking of the law …. God knew that rebellion would happen and it is His plan of redemption that it is that way …….

          • Trilemma

            If God creates someone to be a murderer then it is not a sin for that person to murder. They’re simply doing what God created them to do. God knew that rebellion would happen in Eden because He did everything He could to make sure it would happen. Sin entering the world through Adam was God’s fault not Adam’s. God created Adam to be deceived and then God put a deceiver in the garden. And then God punished them for being deceived as if it was their fault.

          • Amos Moses

            “If God creates someone to be a murderer then it is not a sin for that person to murder. ”

            so you are saying murder is ok ……….. really ………

          • Trilemma

            Murder is not okay because God doesn’t create anyone to me a murderer.

          • Amos Moses

            but murder is a sin …….. and we are sinners and He created us that way … so it must be okay …………. right ………

          • Trilemma

            Why do you believe God created people to be sinners such as murderers?

          • Amos Moses

            to bring glory to God ……… God did not make man perfect …. that would just be a robot …. there is no glory in that …. glory is brought to God by His salvation of His creation that rejects Him ………… there are three possibilities …. God can save everyone ….. there is no glory in that …. he can save no one ….. there is no glory in that either ….. or he can save some of his choosing ….. only this brings glory to God …… God does not need even one thing from us ….. He is totally self sufficient …. but His desire is to share that with others ….. and he does ….

          • Trilemma

            ”… God did not make man perfect …. that would just be a robot …”

            Jesus was a perfect man therefore Jesus was a robot. Being perfect doesn’t mean being a robot.

            ”.. glory is brought to God by His salvation of His creation that rejects Him …”

            That’s right. Glory is brought to God by His salvation of not just those who accept Him but also of those who reject Him. Only saving everyone brings glory to God. Anything less means God is a sadistic monster in which there is not glory.

          • Amos Moses

            No ….. Jesus was fully God AND fully man …….. and even if what you say is true …. being a robot does not mean mechanical …….. it just means there is no choice …… there is nothing for God to do with that …. there is no glory ………

            “not just those who accept Him but also of those who reject Him.” …. all men reject Him ….. from their birth ….. it is He who does all the choosing of His creation …… men are not capable of choosing the things of God or God Himself ………… and the only glory is to pick those He desires ……..

          • Amos Moses

            so if a person does not like homosexuals …. they were born that way … and it is not a sin ….. and its all good ….. really ….

          • Trilemma

            A person is not born disliking homosexuals, they’re taught to dislike homosexuals. So, no, it’s not all good.

          • Amos Moses

            you have no evidence ………. they are not taught to dislike them …. they were born that way ….. and you have no evidence to the contrary …. what is good for the goose is good for the gander …………their parents were that way … their parents gave birth to them and it was transmitted by genetics ….. and you cannot prove otherwise …..

        • Amos Moses

          “It’s not a sin to be born with a sin nature.”

          right …….. but we are all born sinners none the less ……….. we are not sinners because we sin …. we are born sinners … and so we know nothing but sin … we are not capable of not sinning ……….and so we sin …………

    • Amos Moses

      LOL! ………. NOPE ……….

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The Catholics should remember the Holy Scripture everytime they get tempted to adore whomever other than God: “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” ( Matthew chapter 4)

    • They don’t remember them because they don’t deeply study them. They study the Catechism more.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Even if they read their Catechism, they’d never worship Mary. Everyone must hear or read the Word of God directly.

  • Ken Faivor

    Now if that isn’t idol worship, I don’t know what is.

  • billinghamboy

    One of the many things which separate the Roman Catholics from true Bible based Christianity.

  • dongszkie

    I am for religious freedom of expression of all sorts of belief except inciting for violence against another group in the name of religion. Biblically, there is no basis on the Catholic teaching that Mary was born without the Adamic sin.This teaching runs counter to the essence of Christianity…Romans 5:12…and God’s purpose for sending his Son into the world. Well, all Bible researchers and student knows quite well that Roman Catholic teachings and doctrines are mostly out from the Scriptures—–pagan doctrines in the guise of Christianity.

  • adventtruth

    Jesus declared, “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life: No one cometh unto the Father but by Me’ (John 14:6) Whom do you believe? It’s decision time.

  • Gena B

    No where in scripture does it ever say Mary was sinless. Yes, a virgin but that does not mean sinless. She was born of original sin like all of us. There is only one Jesus who could ever hold that title of sinless. Only Jesus was without spot or blemish which qualified him to be the savior. Perfect, pure and righteous.

  • B-man

    Jesus was born without original sin because He was born of the Spirit/will of God…a type of Isaac. He had holy “DNA” whereas all those in Adam have/had his DNA. For Mary to be without original sin would also mean that she could go past the temple veil into the Holy Place…but she couldn’t.

  • SojournerLee

    Before people bow and worship Mary, they need to read Galatians 1:8,9 Paul’s warning to all those who pervert the Gospel.

  • SojournerLee

    The Apostles Paul in Galatians 1:8,9 makes it clear what will happen to someone who perverts the Gospel Of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Regardless of who it is, people need to study the scriptures for themselves. When we stand before Jesus Christ, it’s going to be one-on-one, alone, the Pope, your pastor, your spouse, whoever is not going to be there, make sure you know the truth, and Jesus Christ for yourself.

  • Amos Moses

    There is that “co-redemtrix” malarchy again ……….

  • Pottendorf

    Matthew said “the young child and his mother” not the other way. Five times and always!

    “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” Worship Him, not the mother!

  • Laura J

    I love this Pope.