I know nothing about the recent controversy over this, referenced at the beginning of this article from St. Tikhon’s Monastery in Pennsylvania (anonymous), and was surprised to hear about it.  But this article seems to address it well, briefly, and Orthodoxly.  It also highlights the misinterpretation or misunderstanding of Patristic writings that is possible unless one is steeped ever more deeply in Orthodoxy’s Patristic, Holy Tradition, ie, not just historic prooftexts (or even Scriptural for that matter), but the Tradition in its fullness, including the Liturgy and its hymns and prayers, the spiritual and ascetic struggle to receive God’s Gift, and even how Orthodoxy has and has not made use of non-canonical (“apocryphal”) scriptures and related writings.  For its taste of this, I highly recommend the article even if you already don’t question the sinlessness of the Theotokos.

(I would only add to the piece, to clarify it, that at no time did Mary lose her free will.  She was probably sorely tempted!)

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  1. “Basically, all the sources that were referred to were modern Roman Catholic scholars making reference to early Church Fathers.”

    Ahh, well, there you go, those modern Romans again found to be the source of all wrong-headed thinking!

    If the earth tilted a degree and all the “latins” of the world fell off, one wonders whom the modern Eastern Orthodox would blame all their wows on.

  2. Isa Almisry

    …the same angel of light that distracted the Latins.




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