Is the tradition that the Mother of Jesus was always a virgin, held by a huge majority of Christians throughout all time – Catholic, Orthodox and Prostestant – also a Tradition? Is “heresy” a correct word here as tmatt says in his current posting? Or is it irrelevant to salvation, a pious opinion only? Or, as feminists say, an anti-sex and anti-woman monastic/patriatchal interpolation on what one assumes would have been a normal life of a working-class housewife? (The picture is complete with patriarchal double-speak about this being “really” much more prowoman than saying she had a natural sex life.)
Has any council accepted by Christens of East *and* West decreed Mary to be Ever Virgin? (That’s not a rhetorical question: I don’t know the answer at all.)
I’m *sure* Frederica was misquoted. But is it worth getting the Antiochian legal folks involved – as tmatt notes. Are there not poor people who could get fed rather than fighting with the press over unimportant doctrines? Or is this that important?