Re: RARA-AVIS: Rara-avis Malice ( the Moive) and Immaculate Conception

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 22 Aug 2001

David Royce wrote:

"It is the main difference between Catholicism and the various Protestant denominations. This is also a common mistake that Protestant make thinking that the Jesus' conception was via Immaculate Conception. A city like Boston with its strong Catholic presence and character, I found it odd that the character would make such a glaring mistake."

Actually, there are/were plenty of those pesky Protestants in Boston, too. As a matter of fact, my grandfather once told a Catholic priest to Go to Hell after the priest had confronted him numerous times about not attending church; the priest refused to believe that a man named Sullivan in Boston might not be Catholic, might even be a Protestant.

However, I think the phrase Immaculate Conception has acquired a common usage meaning that is far less exact than that in the catechism. I think it is easily understood as a sarcastic remark made by someone accused of fathering a child with someone with whom he has not had sex.


# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
#  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 22 Aug 2001 EDT