BASIC R.C. BELIEF
After the fifth century, many excess of devotion to Mary began to spring
up. One was belief in her perpetual virginity (that Jesus was her only
child). One of the reasons for this was to encourage men and women to seek
celibate state as a higher level of spirituality. It came at a time when a
decadent society regarded maternity as inferior to virginity.
The scripture used for this is Ezekiel 44:2.
POST VATICAN II
In the Vatican II document OPTATIUM TOTIUS it says, "Virginal consecration
to Christ is of greater excellence than Christian marriage" (10/28/65).
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