December 8, 1854

On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which isn’t what most of you think it is. It not that Jesus was born free of original sin, but instead the Catholic Church said that his mother Mary was free of original sin from the moment she was conceived, which means her mother and father, Anne and Joachim, used the missionary position and refused to enjoy themselves during the act of conception, like the prototypes of the good Catholics/Protestants/Evangelicals they were.

Many humans struggle with the concept of original sin. After all, it can be disappointing to learn that your sins have been done before, and therefore aren't original at all. Share this post to help me pretend that I didn't steal this joke from Eddie Izzard.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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