Religion: The Assumption of Mary

Many Protestants are unaware of it, but the infallibility of the Pope has never once been officially exercised since the doctrine was defined by the Vatican Council in 1870.* This week, the vast machinery of the Roman Catholic Church seemed almost ready to proclaim, by papal infallibility, a new dogma which all true Catholics would be required to believe: that upon the death of the Virgin, her body was taken up directly into Heaven.

"Glorious Mystery." Belief in the "Assumption," as it is called, can be traced back into the earliest records of Christianity, but no reference to it appears in canonical...

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