On Marriage and Family (360 AD)
St. Jerome said: Full grown virgin women should never bathe and should
be ashamed of their bodies.
St. Jerome said: The
truth is that, in view of the purity of the body of Christ, all sexual
intercourse is unclean.
St. Jerome said: Let a bishop be chosen who marries one wife and begets children;
but who marries one wife, and has his children in subjection and well
disciplined. You surely admit that he is no bishop who during his episcopate
begets children. The reverse is the case — if he be discovered,
he will not be bound by the ordinary obligations of a husband, but will
be condemned as an adulterer.
St. Jerome said: To come to the Gymnosophists of India, the opinion is authoritatively
handed down that Buddha, the
founder of their religion, had his birth through the
side of a virgin. (Jerome declares Buddha was of divine birth like
Buddhist religious materials say that Buddha was born through natural
intercourse between his parents, a king and queen. His mother was not
a virgin and Buddha himself never claimed he was born either sinless
or of a virgin as in Jesus.