Is Perpetual Virginity of Mary Dogma or Doctrine?

Someone told me that the life-long virginity was tradition and not dogma–that a Catholic need not accept it. I’m looking for a definitive answer.

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*] Doesn’t Scripture imply that Mary had children other than Jesus?
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*] Perpetual Virginity: Why is this important?
*] Mary: Ever Virgin

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