A Catholic nun in Spain has received death threats for a comment suggesting the Virgin Mary was not actually a virgin -- contradicting the teachings of her faith.

Sister Lucia Caram, a Dominican nun, appeared Sunday on the "Chester in Love" show on Spanish television where she made the following remark, according to The Guardian:

"I think Mary was in love with Joseph and that they were a normal couple -- and having sex is a normal thing. It's hard to believe and hard to take in. We've ended up with the rules we've invented without getting to the true message."

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Sister Caram came under much fire on social media, and an online petition for her to be suspended from her order began circulating online.

The nun clarified her statement Wednesday by apologizing for offending anyone:

"When asked about the Virgin Mary, I said that, as I see it, Mary obviously loved Joseph. … I wanted to say that it wouldn't shock me if she had had a normal couple's relationship with Joseph, her husband.

"This shocked a lot of people, perhaps because there was no opportunity for clarification. But I think that my fidelity to, and love for, the church, the gospel and Jesus's project are clear -- as it the certainty that sex is neither dirty nor something to be condemned, and that marriage and sex are a blessing."

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