If both the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption are obvious and irrefutable truths , why was it nearly 2000 years until they became established-beyond-doubt Church Doctrines?
Based on his appearance , the Pope who proclaimed the I-C Doctrine was a very un-impressive individual, as were so many of the Popes of that period..For centuries , the Papacy was a " non-Italians need not apply" situation,There is a photo-image of Pope Pius that is almost repulsive , he is crowned with a hideous Medieval tiara and wears a long flowing king-like robe. He is seated on a throne which sets on a platform which is held aloft by costumed "guards". The Papacy must end these ornate ceremonies , and the Pope should appear attired in the most simple garments and without a archaic head-piece.
Busy at a task when the phone rings , Fr. O'Malley calling---- "Al , the Pope has just ruled that Mary was born without sin, so you must believe and accept this without any doubts or reservations."
"Yes Father, I will now believe that; is there anything else new you want me to believe?"
"No Al , not at this time"; end of conversation ,and I return to my task, not in the least effected by what I sm now ordered to believe.
My point is that the two Ex Cathedra proclamations are almost totally irrelevant and meaningless as applied to our every-day concerns, troubles , problems , and efforts in trying to lead an exemplary life as Christ would want us to do.