Among some anglicans it is believed Mary is a perpetual virgin. Now, I don’t mean to upset anyone. But I think the scriptures are plenty clear Mary had children when repeatedly she appears along with Jesus’s brothers. It would be weird for her to go everywhere with them if they were Joseph’s children from a previous marriage, who were basically older than her. I also think it does more harm to Mary that she married an old widowed man instead of a loving husband who she can have a family with after giving birth to Christ. anyways, psalm 69 says this: “Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother’s children; Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.” We know this prophecy applies to Christ: “And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”” John 2:16-17 “For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”” Romans 15:3 And we know his brothers forsook him: “For even His brothers did not believe in Him.” John 7:5 I think it makes the heartache Our Lord suffered even sadder, because the brothers he grew up with, children of the same mother, didn’t believe in him. I say this because I was watching Anglican videos on YouTube, and came across a guy trying to support the perpetual virginity of Mary. One of his proofs was the church fathers. But If you look at where this is first recorded, it is in Gnostic works. 2000 year old errors are still errors. I think scripture is plenty clear on this, especially with this prophecy from king David. We are either to call David a liar, or say “my mothers children” is allegorical or doesn’t refer to Jesus. But the sad truth is Christ was rejected by his half brothers, born of Mary and Joseph. And even Mary herself doubted him, because she was a human. Mary having doubt doesn’t make me think any less of her, and neither does her having children with Joseph. It is completely unheard of in Jewish culture to have a marriage without consummation, that is no marriage at all. The Talmud requires consummation of marriage in order for it to even be valid. Everywhere in the Old Testament Jewish women who are infertile suffer and pray to god to bless them with a child. Mary as a Jewish woman had a duty to bear children to Joseph. The church fathers should have no say on this matter, because tertulian and other earlier writers casually assumed she had children, and the earliest witnesses are best. It is not a degradation of mary to say she had children, but an exaltation of her motherhood.