A fragment of an ancient Egyptian papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," unveiled in 2012, shows no evidence of being a modern forgery, as some critics had charged, according to an article published in the Harvard Theological Review. The content of the papyrus is probably as early as the 2nd century.
The scrap of papyrus sparked controversy when it was presented at a conference in Rome some 18 months ago by Harvard professor of divinity Karen L. King.
Written in the Coptic language of Egypt, the fragment contains the phrases "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ... ' " and "she will be able to be my disciple."
"This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what the role claims of Jesus' marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family," King said. Other scholars say it shows that Jesus was married.
The Vatican, which had called the document a fake, was silent on the authentication of the fragment. But the largest group of Catholic nuns in the United States, The Leadership Conference of Woman Religious, issued a statement:
"There is no way that Jesus, 2000 years ago, could have walked around in Jerusalem single, without being stoned to death. It was sacred Jewish law that all men must be married and be fruitful. Setting that aside, that Jesus could have well been married - according the new 'Gospel of Jesus' Life - should cause Holy Mother Church to reconsider its patriarchal structure and its sexist treatment of women. Obviously women should be Priests, Bishops, Cardinals and Popes."
In the past the nuns have been criticized by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for promoting "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." It also criticized the Sisters for what they seem to be thinking, discussing, exploring and investigating in theological matters. The Sisters were virtually called "heretics."
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was formerly known as the Supreme Council of the Roman and Universal Inquisition. The Inquisition is associated with mental and physical torture, burnings at the stake, strangulation, beheadings, the pike and screw for for what heretics seem to be thinking, discussing, exploring and investigating in theological matters. In view of the new statement from American Nuns, there are rumors that the Vatican's "Thought Police," as some call them, will return to the name Supreme Council of the Roman and Universal Inquisition.
Such activities and murder and torture are incompatible with the laws of the United States of America so the Nuns in America should be safe from a new church Inquisition here.