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<img loading=” title=”Confused” /> It’s clear to me that Mary had had no relations with any man prior to the conception and birth of Christ(she was about 15 or 16). What is not clear to me is whether Mary perhaps had marital relations with Joseph after the birth of Christ. Whenever I’ve read descriptions of Mary with reference to her virginity, it seems to always be in reference to the conception, birth, and nursing of Jesus, but never seems to address her virginity, say, 10 years later.

I really don’t know what the official stance of the church is on this subject. As I said above, everything I read on the subject seems vaugue to me.

It seems to me that it would be a very strange marriage for Mary to NOT have marital relations with Joseph (perhaps it is not correct to try to apply church teachings on marriage now to her situation? They could be considered rather incomparable).

Can someone here please clarify this?