The dogma of the miraculous birth – Mary suffered no pains

It is a dogmatic teaching of the Church that the Blessed Virgin Mary suffered no pains in giving birth to her Son. Any who wish to be saved must believe this truth. Those modernists who claim that our Lady suffered pain and rupture in bearing forth the Son of God are impious blasphemers, fools and heretics, children of Satan – so state the Ecumenical Councils and the Fathers of the Church (most especially St. Epiphanius).

In the days before he gave up his arms, St. Ignatius Loyola very nearly killed a Moor who claimed that the Blessed Lady suffered pains in giving birth. The Church has always maintained that she gave birth without any pain and with no rupture or injury to physical integrity of her virginal womb.

We will write more about this in the future, but for now I only desire that the dogma be presented (without any significant defense), so as to give us some context for a discussion of the pregnancy.

If any doubt that our Lady could give birth to a Son without any pain or physical rupture, let such a one recall that the same Savior walked through the walls of the upper room after his Resurrection.

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