Having unsuccessfully defended to Taylor Marshall and Fr. Erlenbush my stance in favor of Tertullian's orthodoxy regarding the perpetual virginity, I feel an ounce of vindication insofar as that posture has been described by no less than His Hermeneuticalness as 'never condemned' and therefore 'not heretical'. Therefore Fr. Finegan sits upon the fence. No less than William Oddie stands with the Holy Father in his appointment of Cardinal Muller to the CDF prefecture. At the very least, it could be argued that acceptance of Tertullian's argument about virginity in partu does not necessarily render one latae sententiae excommunicado if it hasn't deterred so foremost a scholar as the Pope from endorsing his choice of prefect.

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