Cousins of Jesus

Question:

Dear Father,

When you replied about Jesus' brother's being cousins weren't they half-brothers? Also who was James? He wrote the first epistle and he was considered brethren to Jesus. Or was he one of the half-brothers?




Answer:

In order for Jesus to have half brothers, Joseph would have had to be in a privious marriage, or a marriage after Mary. Nowhere does the church teach this. We know that they could not be half-brothers from Mary, because the Church teaches that Mary remained a virgin, before, during and after the birth of Christ.

Therefore, when I replied about Jesus' cousins and not blood brothers, I meant Jesus' cousins. James, was most likely one of those cousins I was talking about. In those days cousins were spoken of and treated the way we today treat blood brothers and blood sisters.