The Vatican ripped up the piece of ancient papyrus claiming Jesus had a wife, figuratively, in a small statement issued ten days after the news broke. Rome blames media hysteria for distorting the truth and demands safeguards be used to determine the parchment’s authenticity.
In a brief statement issued by Alberto Camplani, entitled, “A papyrus adrift,” the Vatican reminded Catholics and the world of some facts omitted within the press hype following the claim Jesus had a wife.
The papyrus was not excavated on an archeological dig, it was discovered in an antique flea market. Furthermore, he states there is nothing unusual with the words used within the Coptic text for that time, advising conducting additional scientific research.
Mary is worthy of it…Jesus said to them, My wife…She will be able to be my disciple…As for me, I dwell with her in order to.
The translated text, pictured above, written in Coptic, was made public in Rome over ten days ago at an international meeting of Coptic scholars, by Harvard professor Karen L. King, who has published various works on Gospel findings.
The historian will not reveal the origin or owner of the papyrus, who has asked to remain anonymous, however the authenticity has been confirmed. King had cautioned the text alludes to a marriage, however it isn’t proof Jesus was indeed married to Mary Magdalene.
The U.S. and European media sensationalized the documentation, especially FOX News of which the Vatican specifically mentions in its rebuttal, information Rome was well aware of before the hysteria.
However, in this case, the excessively direct link between research and journalism – that makes short shrift of the long periods required by more serious scientific discussion – had already occurred before the conference, given that the very premature news in the American press on Tuesday depended on an interview that the Harvard academic had already given before leaving for Italy.
The Vatican also blamed the Italian and European media for igniting the controversy with irrelevant indications to Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code” that fueled the theory Jesus had a wife and was married to Mary Magdalene.
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For now and for Catholics, the Vatican has answered and demands more scientific research be conducted to authenticate the papyrus that has many claiming, and some believing, Jesus had a wife.
Source: News.VA and The New York Times
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