I’m sorry, I’m sure this has been asked before, but I’m new, so maybe you can entertain me with a reply?
My husband isn’t Catholic. We recently discussed the Chruch’s view on Mary because my son came home with some literature from a Baptist church that reads, “Mary is mentioned a few times in the Bible. She also gave birth to X, X, X, X…Jesus’s brothers and sisters.” I was a little taken back by that to say the least. Frankly, I couldn’t believe I was reading it!
For some reason, I can explain these things to everyone but my husband (proximity bias?).
His bottom line question is, “Who cares?” He doesn’t know or care if Mary was a virgin after the birth of Christ, or if she was and remained sinless. My feeling is that a lot of the ways I incorporate Mary in to my life are dependent upon these things being true. None of it makes sense without these two concepts. What it boils down to is that my husband doesn’t care because those things aren’t impt to what he believes about Mary (which isn’t much).
So my question to you is this: Can you clarify the Church’s position on perpetual virginity and perpetual purity (sinlessness?), and maybe explain why YOU think they are impt to our understanding? I fully intend to use your replies to communicate this better to my dh. I could explain it to a room full of people better than I can explain it to him alone.
Thanks in advance,