Religion: The Forgotten Husband

Roman Catholics venerate the Virgin Mary as the mother of Christ and the Queen of Heaven, second only to the Trinity. But her husband, Joseph, who apparently died before Christ began his ministry, is a forgotten man, fleetingly celebrated as a good carpenter and notably understanding husband. Though the Gospel of Matthew accords Joseph rather than Mary the honor of hearing the Annunciation from the angel of the Lord, St. Joseph is not even named in the liturgy of the Mass, which so honors 27 other saints. Last week a widespread campaign was under way to remedy this omission; sent to...

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