Well, THIS is awkward.
Sister Lucia Caram, a Roman Catholic nun who lives in a convent in Catalonia, Spain says she thinks that the Virgin Mary was not celibate, and that she likely had sex with Joseph in the way that any married couple would engage in intimate relations with one another.
So the Virgin Mary was NOT a virgin, according to Sister Lucia; gotcha.
Caram made her remarks about the purity - or, rather, lack thereof - of Mary during an appearance on a television show in Spain earlier in the week.
In remarks that appeared at Fox News by way of The Guardian, Sister Lucia said, “I think Mary was in love with Joseph and that they were a normal couple – and having sex is a normal thing. It’s hard to believe and hard to take in. We’ve ended up with the rules we’ve invented without getting to the true message.”
About sex, in general, Caram said, “I think the church has had a poor attitude to it for a long time and has swept it a bit under the carpet. It wasn’t a taboo subject; it was more something that was considered dirty or hidden. It was the denial of what I believe to be a blessing.”
That may be true, but that stuff about Mary…wow!
As you might imagine, Sister Lucia’s comments about the Madonna were not well-received in her homeland, where Roman Catholicism remains the overwhelmingly-favored religion. Since voicing her opinion on the subject, Caram has been on the receiving end of a great deal of vitriol, including death threats, and the Bishop of Vic disavowed her comments, saying, “We remind people that these remarks do not conform to the faith of the church and regret the confusion they may have caused to the faithful.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large