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Why do Catholics believe Mary, the mother of Jesus, remained a virgin throughout her life?


First of all, please know that this question has zero sarcastic intent. Recently, I listened to Catholic radio and the response to this same question was that the New Testament does refer to Jesus' brothers, but that is is referring to the apostles or other like-minded individuals who are followers of Christ, rather than the step-brothers of Jesus. Yet Protestants believe Mary had other children, which seems correct to me. I do not understand this doctrine of "ever Virgin Mary." Personally, I feel that Mary is an important figure, regardless. Is anyone "in the know?"

 

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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Hello Hetidh. True, the concept does seem to underline the purity she represents. Perhaps that was St. Jerome's intent. Nevertheless, I am disturbed that her uniqueness, i.e, purity were underlined in this manner.

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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    I hear you, Pollyannalana. Mary was/is a blessed mother. The Catholics I know do not worship her, but they do regard her highly, which seems appropriate. Thank you for commenting.

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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Good points, Bonnie-Jean. St Jerome apparently made this distinction of the virgin birth, and you have answered my question in stating that Catholics accept knowledge from priests. Yet, I disagree with point 2. Unusual births, yes. Virgin births, no

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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    I do agree with you. There are three pieces of scripture that seem to substantiate this rather clearly.. However, I do love the beautiful Catholic mass!

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    Marsha Musselman (Marsha Musselman1) 4 years ago

    Catholics do believe that Mary was a virgin her whole life, I believed that too when I was a Catholic. After I turned twenty-six I was introduced to the teachings in the Bible, and I learned otherwise. She did have other children


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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Sounds correct, Disappearinghead, partially because of Matthew 1: 24 & 25: . ..and he (Joseph) knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn son....Jesus.

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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Yes. Catholics believe Mary remained a virgin.

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    Disappearinghead 4 years ago

    How can Mary answer prayers when she is dead?


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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Hi Moonfroth. There is definitely that emotional connection. I do think the Virgin birth is necessary to the conclusion of Jesus' identity. But yes, there does seem to be a (Catholic) stigma that Mary's having sex would somehow render her impure...


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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Thank you for stopping by, ftracy3. Frankly, I agree with your assessment. Why is perpetual virginity important? Your other points are equally valid. Yes, Catholic rituals are beautiful. They and other churches answer questions, but not always fully

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    Deb Welch 4 years ago

    MARK 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Jude, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?

    (I found this passage the other day and remembered this question. This said - Jesus had siblings?)

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    Clark Cook (moonfroth) 4 years ago

    Writ -- re: Mary/Isis as Virgin Mothers. Studying the great mythologies of world cultures separated by vast reaches of geography and TIME reveals a fascinating repetition of great mythic stories--the advent of a \messiah, great flood, virgin birth.


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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Thank you for your very thoughtful comment, Larry Wall. Does not Mark 6:3 refute the supposition of Mary's virginity? Also, can you find the passage in the NT you spoke of? Know that I respect your Catholic faith; I've attended the beautiful Mass.


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    Clark Cook (moonfroth) 4 years ago

    thanks writ> that is indeed the story (and a great story it is!), but reciting the story does not answer Savvy's question, viz, why does the Tradition, and Catholicism in particular, place such VALUE on virginity? Why must Mary remain virgin?


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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Hi Deb Welch. Thank you for a lovely Mother's Day message. No doubt, Mother Mary was a special and blessed woman, chosen by our Father to conceive Jesus, who was born of the Holy Spirit.


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