:eek: I have never ever heard of this at all.I think my parents would be totally shocked by this statement. Neither they nor the Brigidine Sisters who taught me catechism ever made such a statement about St.John the Baptist,and both my parents went to Catholic School,back in the 1920s and 30s,and they never ever said the nuns taught such a thing. By rights then, St.Joseph,the human father of Jesus should have been born without sin,since he was to take care of Mary and Jesus,and raise Jesus as his own and teach him a trade.And Sts…Joachim and Anne ,parents of Our Lady should have been born without sin, since they were the parents of she who was to carry the Saviour in her body for 9 months,adnaseum.
I don’t know where in the world these people come up with this dubious theology.I will reread the bible,but this is not scripture
and i think St.John himself would reject this idea completely.
It seems like more and more dubious theological ideas and devotions are appearing every day.
And it is just such ideas that cause protestants to think we Catholics are off the wall in some areas.That’s like Mary as Co-Redemptrix.No,Jesus and Jesus alone is Our Redeemer,HIS BLOOD was shed on the cross to save us from sin and bring us to everlasting life,not Mary’s,John the Baptist or anyone else,just JESUS.
Mary suffered yes at the crucifixtion,but hers to me was the suffering and sorrow of any mother at seeing her child die,and being helpless to do anything about,.However,she knew that this was the will of the Heavenly Father and Jesus must take this journey on His own.And I’m sure that the Holy Spirit comforted her at this time.
When I hear and read such things i get upset, because it doesnot gib with what the good sisters taught me.I never ever heard such things coming out of the mouth of my great aunt, Sister Mary Generose,who was a School Sister of Notre Dame for 60 years.
I don’t even recall St.Augustine or anyone making this statement.