Church Project Theorem: The Immaculate Inception


The Immaculate Conception — Mary’s creation without original sin — is one of the central dogmas of Catholic theology, and is one of the stark differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. As a result, Catholics like to use the Immaculate Conception name. A lot. So much so that it’s more prevalent than any other name.

In any given area, more Catholic institutions will bear the name Immaculate Conception than any other moniker. No matter where you go, you’re virtually guaranteed to find at least one Immaculate Conception, if not more.

For the Project’s purposes, there are three of them in Philly alone, one right outside city limits in Jenkintown, and one across the river in Camden. That’s five, count ‘em, five Immaculates in one metropolitan area. I’m not even counting the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, which used to be known as the Public Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

(Much like my experience with the Francis Triangle, I plotted the locations of all the Immaculate parishes. Unfortunately, their locations don't don’t form a mysterious geographic shape. Unless you count a misshapen line as a harbinger of doom.)

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