In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the “Immaculate Conception” to be a dogma which all Roman Catholics must believe. The claim that Mary was conceived without sin began to be taught by the apparitions. For example, “Our Lady of Lourdes” identified herself to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 as the “Immaculate Conception.” Author Michael H. Brown writes, “This was…the first affirmation…that Mary was conceived without original sin.”
If Mary did not sin, and death (as the Bible says) comes by sin, then logically Mary would not have die. Following that reasoning, Pope Pius XII made it an official dogma in 1950 that Mary had been taken bodily to heaven without death. Here we are confronted with a glaring contradiction within Roman Catholicism and the apparitions of “Mary” which it honors.
Marian apparitions frequently claim to be the “woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” seen in Revelation 12 in conflict with the Red Dragon. For example, “Mary” appeared in this form to Catherine Laboure in Paris 1830. This same “Mary” allegedly told Stefano Gobbi, an Italian priest, “You are in the period in which the struggle between Me, the Woman Clothed With the Sun, and my adversary, the Red Dragon, is moving toward its conclusion….”
The Roman Catholic Church supports this identification of Mary as the woman clothed with the sin. Yet of that woman we are told, “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered” (Revelation:12:2). Pain (specifically that associated with childbirth) is because of sin (Genesis:3:16). A sinless Mary could not have suffered pain in childbirth, but the woman clothed with the sun in Revelation 12, whom the Church says is Mary, suffers pain. If that woman is Mary, then she could not have been immaculately conceived and lived without sin and been assumed bodily to heaven. The Roman Catholic Church cannot have it both ways.