Hello Fr. We must hold to our doctrine because of tradition in this case. Yet, if Mary and God had wanted to clear things up through the Scripture, she could have just said, 'how can this be, since I am a celibate? Furthermore 'I do not know man' may just be the equivalent of 'I have never been with a man. Moreover I have some questions which your interpretation causes to arise in my mind.
I've heard a number of arguments in my life for the perpetual virginity of Mary, but this is totally new to me. Of course, this is just another bit of confirmation of the ancient tradition and of what is clearly implied in Mary's response to the angel. I mean, seriously, why would she--a woman about to be married--be surprised to hear news that she would give birth to a child unless?! Great post! Interesting thoughts, but couldn't a vow of abstinence be a temporary vow? I don't believe that those verses mentioned anything of a perpetual vow of abstinence. Thanks, Michael I thought you might like this one.
Thanks Bridget! If the comment section is already present, merely scroll to the end of any comments already made. But each has his own special gift from God…. Paul confirms the goodness of marriage at 1 Cor. The embarrassment would seem inexplicable because, on any reasonable grounds, she is precisely a woman in ideal conditions to conceive a son.
Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Objection 1. It would seem that the Mother of God was not a virgin in conceiving Christ. For no child having father and mother is conceived by a virgin mother.