The Immaculate Conception of Mary in Seventeenth Century Homiletics in New Spain
Michael A. Romero
The Immaculist-maculist dispute—those in favor of the belief that Mary the Mother of Jesus was preserved from any stain of original sin from her conception, and those opposed to this doctrine respectively—is a centuries old theological debate that came to be particularly heated, politically charged, artistically reinforced, and mystically enraptured in Spain and New Spain by the late-Middle Ages and early modern period. The doctrine, declared to be infallible in 1854 by Pius IX’s Ineffabilis Deus, was still being vociferously promoted, defended, and celebrated in the seventeenth century by the Church of New Spain in the Americas in close association with the Royal University and its royal patrons. This presentation shares the results of the transcription, translation, and analysis of three seventeenth century sermons from New Spain (Central Mexico) based on archival research on Mary the Immaculate Conception done in the Marian Library’s Latin American Rare Books Collection. The sermons—dating from 1626, 1681, and 1683—defend the belief but are also panegyrics of the Immaculate Conception and take the implications of Mary conceived without sin to its logical and mystical ends. The presentation will consider how the sermons fall into the Franciscan tradition, the alignment of religious belief with royal support, and the eschatological meaning of this doctrine as articulated by these three homilists.
Neomi D. DeAnda
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"The Immaculate Conception of Mary in Seventeenth Century Homiletics in New Spain" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2599.