Assumption of Mary

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The Assumption of Mary is a Roman Catholic teaching that began in the medieval time period and was made official church dogma by pope Pius XII in 19501 in the decree Munificentissimus Deus. It states that Mary was taken body and soul by God into Heaven. Catholic doctrine, apparently, does not state whether or not Mary died, but tradition holds that she died and was immediately afterward assumed into Heaven both body and soul--not entering Purgatory. Because of the lack of Biblical support for this doctrine, it is generally rejected by people who are not Roman Catholic.

  • 1. McKim, Donald K. Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms, Louisville, KT: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996, p. 19-20.