[quote="flower_lady, post:7, topic:247664"]
John the Baptist was not without original sin, or it's the first I've ever heard of it.:confused::shrug:
Now that you mentioned it, I figured I should look it up. Lo and behold, quoth Jimmy Akin:
This is not something that the Catholic Church teaches, but it is what may be called a pious and probable belief among Catholics. ...
It is commonly understood that the Holy Spirit does not fill those who are still in a state of original sin. As Catholics use the term, "original sin" refers to the privation of the sanctifying grace which unites us with God. A soul filled with the Holy Spirit seems unquestionably to be united with God and thus not deprived of sanctifying grace. Hence, it has not original sin as the term is commonly used among Catholics, just as every person who has been baptized or otherwise justified has not original sin as Catholics use the term. ...
(N.B.B., If it is granted that John the Baptist was freed from original sin before birth, it does not follow that he was immaculate, as was the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is firstly because he may have been freed of original sin after his conception and before birth, whereas Mary was preserved from her conception from contracting original sin. And it secondly is because Mary was not only free of original sin, as is posited in the case of John the Baptist, but also utterly free of the stain of original sin, which includes more than just the deprivation of sanctifying grace. It also includes, for example, the later tendency to sin--concupiscience--to which we are subject in this life.)
Good call on the Immaculate Conception, though, and thanks for the compliment on the handle. Jehoshaphat!