- I say that the notion is false, and baseless. I believe Scripture shows clearly Mary being a mother to other children besides Jesus. Can anyone that believes otherwise show me how I am wrong. Can you show how Mary was perpetually a virgin, when it is not very clear in Scripture, or other sources of the day?
Of course, once you include "other sources of the day," which I take to mean the writings of the earliest Christians, then you find that the Christian Church long held that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. This was a popular belief of the Protestant reformers as well.
- Can you name some of these if you have the time please. Thank you.
- I discovered this saying from this site:
"Also "brothers" could have theoretically been Joseph's children from a former marriage that was dissolved by death. However, it is most likely, perhaps most certainly, that Joseph was a virgin, just as were Jesus and Mary. As such, they embodied the true Holy Family, fully consecrated to God."
Is this a Catholic belief? Either one of these points?
I hope that helps. If you would like some articles to read, just let me know.
- Thank you. I am trying to understand the Catholic position on this topic. And I would like to see any links that you may have on this topic.
- Fr. Paul K. Raftery, O.P., The Perpetual Virginity of the Mother of God -- Defends the dogma, but also explains why this doctrine matters, why I should care as a Christian. This article also answers the "why" question very well.
- Br. Anthony Opisso, MD, The Perpetual Virginity of Mary -- Makes some interesting points regarding how Mary's perpetual virginity coincided with Jewish beliefs about betrothal, marriage, and celibacy.
- Edward P. Sri, Mary's Question: A Vow? -- Explains how Lk 1:34 ("How can this be since I know not a man?") points to Mary's intent to remain a virgin. Mark Bonocore does that to great effect as well (in this article), utilizing additional arguments that Edward Sri does not use.
- Mary's Perpetual Virginity -- This article is the most comprehensive, for it defends Mary's virginity before giving birth, in the act of giving birth, and after giving birth.
- Jason Evert, How to Explain the Perpetual Virginity of Mary -- Responds to most of the arguments against the dogma
- For the early Church fathers on the perpetual virginity of Mary, see Mary: Ever Virgin and Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Another question if you don't mind.
If Mary was a perpetual virgin, how is she to be regarded by the Christian today?