The Catholic Church recently declared that brides of Christ don’t actually have to be virgins.
Brides of Christ are women who pledge their lives to the Christ as a part of a spiritual commitment.
They are not nuns and are usually not a part of a religious community. They often live like normal lives with jobs to support themselves financially.
A Vatican document, published earlier this month, says that physical virginity is not necessary when it comes to consecration, The Irish Daily Mail reports.
The Catholic Church has said that the basic requirement of women “is not reducible to the symbol of physical integrity”.
The document then says: “To have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practised the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of great importance, are not essential prerequisites.”
However, not everybody is happy with this news.
The US Association of Consecrated Virgins said in a statement: “The entire tradition of the Church has firmly upheld that a woman must have received the gift of virginity- both physical and spiritual- in order to receive the consecration of virgins.”