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December 20, 2008



Fr. Dempsey previously stated:

"We believe that the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary took place at the moment she said “Yes” to God."

So I asked who this 'we' is. Fr. Dempsey replied that by 'we' he means 'the Catholic Church'.

In other words, for Fr. Dempsey 'the Catholic Church' doesn't include church-going Catholics. For Fr. Dempsey, 'the Catholic Church' = 'the Magisterium of the Catholic Church'.

If you poll people at St. Dominic's, asking them whether they constitute part of 'the Catholic Church', I think you will learn that Fr. Dempsey's viewpoint is exceedingly rare, among parishioners.

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