I’m not here to argue about the dogma of the immaculate conception in the Eastern Catholic/Orthodox Churches or anyone’s belief concerning the official dogma.
My question arises from a confusion my (Chaldean Catholic) mother and grandmother have concerning the dogma. They think it means that due to the “old age” of Saints Anne and Joachim that the Virgin Mary was conceived miraculously, yet was indeed the daughter of both Anne and Joachim.
I’ve tried explaining that old age could mean anything, (18 was considered old if you weren’t married even in the early years of the 20th century), the old age belief is mostly tradition, and that only Jesus Christ was conceived miraculously, etc. They remained firm in believing the Theotokos was someone so special and predestined from conception that she wasn’t conceived by natural means.
Again, I can’t stress this enough, I don’t want to discuss the actual dogma recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, nor the belief of any Orthodox Church on the acutal dogma as well.
I would like to know if anyone has ever heard of this misinterpretation of the dogma being popular or even preached anywhere or if its just limited to my family?