Eric Svendsen, graduate of Wilbur Weed Boxtop Diploma Mill for Those Who Want to Play Ph.D’s on the Internet, erstwhile anti-Catholic professional, and chief cook and bottle washer for Not Roman.org (www.ntrmin.org), might have spoken too soon. Seizing on the somewhat dubious “James ossuary” news last week, he gleefully announced that this was proof of what he was already bound and determined to believe without proof anyway: that Mary was not a Perpetual Virgin.

Now, however, some scholars are having second thoughts about the ossuary’s bona fides (requires registration).

Me: I’m easy either way. If it’s genuine (which we’ll never know), it just lends credence to the Eastern Church’s explanation of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity. If it’s not, we’re where we were originally.