Thanks for writing.
Yes, it is true. The reason for the declaration of the Immaculate
Conception is out of respect for the divinity of Jesus. That is why
it's important. In that, he did not assume flesh that was tainted
with sin, and then have to cleanse it for the hypostatic
union, meaning he was God and man at the same time. He was
God from the first instant he became man, not after that instant,
and since God is sinless in all ways, he could not assume flesh that
was His own, if it had been tainted. So, the dogma of the Immaculate
Conception is more about a declaration of the spotlessness, or sinlessness
of Jesus than it is about Mary.
As for the Assumption, Mary, being without sin, chose to follow Jesus
in death, voluntarily because sin had no grip on her. Also, just
because she was without sin does not mean she did not need to be
saved. She was saved, in lieu of the merits of Christ's passion, for
His own end.
She even declares Him her Savior in Scripture. Isn't
it something that there was one person in the world who loved God
as he deserved? Imagine, just one person, who loved God without sin.
I don't think God is asking to much in the way of belief to accept
at least one person, out of countless billions, that would love him
without sin, as He deserved. After all, what wretches we are if His
grace cannot accord at least one response like Mary's.
Though these beliefs were not required, they were none-the-less
held to. Their declarations did not make them a reality that
suddenly came into existence when they were declared. It is not about
Mary that is the point of contention. It is about a crisis
of authority and where that authority rests, in relation to revealed
The division with other denominations will not
be solved, at least according to non-Catholics, until the Catholic
Church gives up its authority, which Jesus will not allow,
no matter how bad it gets.
Thanks for writing,
Roger P. L.