Why do I bring this up? It was and is a popular misconception that the "thin man" was Nick Charles. It reminds me of the myriad of misconceptions about Catholicism. One of the biggest, even among Catholics, is that the Immaculate Conception refers to Our Lord Jesus' conception. This is not true. The immaculate conception refers to St. Mary's conception, always has.
"We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful." [Ineffabilis Deus (The Immaculate Conception) Pope Pius IX] http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/p9ineff.htm
|St. Ann and the Immaculate Conception|
A dogma "...according to a long-standing usage...is now understood to be a truth appertaining to faith or morals, revealed by God, transmitted from the Apostles in the Scriptures or by tradition, and proposed by the Church for the acceptance of the faithful. It might be described briefly as a revealed truth defined by the Church..." [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05089a.htm] In other words, in order to call yourself a Catholic, you must believe a dogma. If you don't even know what that dogma is, how can you believe it? How do you know you believe it? The Immaculate Conception is an official dogma of the Church. You must believe it. If you don't, call yourself a protestant because that is what you are--you are protesting the teaching of the Church.
|St. Mary & Our Lord Jesus|
So, now you know. Don't mistake the "Thin Man" for Nick Charles. And, don't mistake the Immaculate Conception for the Virgin Birth.