Ask Father Faith: January 2014

If in the theological definition of “human” it includes “is born with original sin,” then what would Mary be classified as?

–Caroline, 8th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs

The Catholic Church teaches that ‘Mary was conceived without original sin but not without the effects of original sin. In other words she was the same as the rest of humanity. She struggled with the same emotions and feelings. She may have experienced anger, jealousy, exhaustion etc. perhaps she was tempted to sin on many occasions. However, her free will strengthen by the grace God enabled her to always say ‘no’ instead of ‘yes.’


This month’s question was answered by Very Reverend Richard Walsh, Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando.