Luke 2:21-22, Was Jesus Miraculously Born?

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

//The Catholic doctrine of perpetual virginity arose in the sixteenth century, and typically includes the assumption of a miraculous birth (not just a miraculous conception) so that Mary remained a physically intact virgin. It appears to be a further development of the belief in virginal conception. From that point forward, Catholics and Protestants (who recognized the “brothers of Jesus” mentioned often in the Bible to be sons of Mary) differed in doctrine.

So here’s a question: If Mary was a “perpetual virgin,” why did she need purification? Today’s verses seem to suggest that Mary and Joseph went through the usual period of purification after the birth of Jesus before they took him to the temple.

Did the Catholic Church miss this little detail?

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