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December 8: The Original Sin of Pius IX
Pius IX and Original Sin (1854) It was on this date, December 8, 1854 – that the same Pope Pius IX promulgated, in the bull Ineffabilis Deus, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Not to be confused with the "virgin birth" legend of Jesus, this equally absurd doctrine says that, at Mary's conception, she did […]
July 25: Churches v. Medicine
Church opposition to surgery, dissection and the study of anatomy slowed the development of medicine.
June 29: Was Peter Martyred at Rome?
Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul Was Peter at Rome? It is on this day, June 29, that the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feasts of Sts. Peter and Paul. According to tradition outside the church, and required by faith within the church, during the reign of Emperor Nero, Peter was arrested and executed […]
February 13: Religion and Education
The bishops fiercely resisted for thirty years the grant of any national subsidy for education, and for forty further years obstructed the demand for a national system.
December 31: Andreas Vesalius
Andreas Vesalius died at age 49 in Zakinthos, Greece. He had reached Jerusalem, but never made it back home. You could say Vesalius died for the church that persecuted him.
December 8: The Errors of Pius IX
What Pius IX condemned generally as "Liberalism" is today seen as general principles of modern civilization.
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