The Catholic Church has believed,
from Post-Apostolic times (after 100 AD),
that Mary of Nazareth, the Mother of Jesus,
was a Virgin before, during and after
she gave birth to Jesus
Belief statements using the words “ever” or “perpetual” mean “before,
during, and after” the birth of Jesus.
This belief was defined first in the Lateran Council in
“The blessed ever-virginal and immaculate Mary . . . conceived
without sin, of the Holy Spirit, generated without injury (to her
virginity), and her virginity continued unimpaired after the birth.”
This was followed in
Pope Paul IV
“The most blessed
Virgin Mary . . . always persisted in the integrity of virginity, namely.
before bringing forth, at bringing forth, and always after bringing forth . . .”