Realizing that Mary bashing is a favorite non-Catholic pasttime, I do not want to included in that group. However, with all due respect, I need to know what difference it makes whether or not Mary was born without original sin, was taken to Heaven, was a perpetual virgin? Why all the effort to elevate her status? How did we go from “Mary full of grace…all generations shall call me blessed” to that? Is there something that I can read, some early writings or something that explains how the Church came to these beliefs? Any help will be appreciated.