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Immaculate Conception
Question from Mary on 4/9/2019:

I was reading about the firs Saturday request from Jesus to make up for insults against Mary and of course sins against belief in the Immaculate Conception is one of the five things to make reparation for. The Greek Orthodox and I am not sure, but perhaps the Russian Orthodox also, do not accept this teaching. I believe the eastern church as being tied to Rome would have accepted this dogma but how would you explain it to the other Eastern Churches? I am feeling that God really wants all of to realize Satan never had a hand on His Mother. Mary

Answer by Robert Klesko on 4/30/2019:

For a good answer on the Eastern Church's approach to the Immaculate Conception, see the entry on Fr. Deacon Anthony Dragani's website - https://east2west.org/faq/doctrine/

As Deacon Anthony mentions, the divergence of approach in East and West is mainly a matter of semantics. The Christian East, both Catholic and Orthodox, have the highest respect and veneration of the Theotokos. This is seen especially in the liturgies of the Eastern Churches where the Blessed Mother is hymned several times.

I hope this helps! Christ is Risen!

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