IanKennedy wrote:Mikey wrote:IanKennedy wrote:Just a mo. How could they be married and she a virgin. I didn't think that was allowed back then. I thought they had to do it to consecrate the marriage? I've not thought about that before.
I'm just relating what a Catholic priest said. I was busy writing down the hymn numbers that were posted by the aisle so my father-in-law could play them in the lottery.
It was more a rhetorical question, all be it spoken out loud. I don't expect religion to make sense, even within it's own rules.
Well, the version I recall hearing once is: At the time of the conception/pregnancy, they were betrothed but not married. I believe at that point Joseph was on the verge of breaking the betrothal (Assuming Mary was unfaithful) until one of the Angels (possibly Gabriel but I really don't remember) appeared to him and told him to stay with Mary.