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Should We Continue to Celebrate Advent?

It is common today to hear Catholics justifying support for the theory of evolution as if there’s nothing in the Church that opposes it. The truth is that the Church has explicitly taught that the world began 4,000 years before the coming of Christ. In fact, this was said to be the reason why we celebrate 4 weeks in Advent season.

The quoted passage is taken from a book titled “Pictorial Lives of the Saints”, by John Gilmary Shea in 1889, back when Catholic books actually were approved by bishops of the Church before being published. This one was approved by Pope St. Leo XIII.

Note: Another source provided by a friend:

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  1. Matt N Matt N December 11, 2023

    In the Martyrology for hour of Prime on December 24th in the old Divine Office, the Church explicitly teaches that the world was created ~5,200 years before Christ was born, so 4,000 years is pretty close:

    “In the year 5199th from the creation of the world, when in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, in the year 2957th from the flood, in the year 2015th from the birth of Abraham, in the year 1510th from the going forth of the people of Israel out of Egypt under Moses, in the year 1032th from the anointing of David as King, in the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel, in the 194th Olympiad, in the 752nd from the foundation of the city of Rome, in the 42nd year of the reign of the Emperor Octavian Augustus, in the 6th age of the world, while the whole earth was at peace, Jesus Christ, Himself Eternal God and Son of the Eternal Father, being pleased to hallow the world by His most gracious coming, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost, and when nine months were passed after His conception, (all kneel down) was born of the Virgin Mary at Bethlehem of Juda made Man, Our Lord Jesus Christ was born according to the flesh.”

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