Malta Minute with the Catechism: Jesus’ Brothers and Sisters

  • Program #: 37
  • Description: If Jesus' Mother Mary was always a virgin, why does the Bile refer to Jesus' "brothers and sisters"? The Catholic Catechism explains it thus: The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. According to Old Testament expression, "brothers and sisters" could be close relations, not necessarily siblings. In fact, it is pointed out, James and John referred to as "brothers of Jesus" are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ whom St. Matthew significantly calls "the other Mary". This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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