Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Jesus had a wife. Can Catholic Priests Get Married Now?
The DaVinci Code may have prepared the general public for the idea, but scholars have long suspected that, according to the evidence in a variety of ancient manuscripts that Jesus may have had a wife. Now, yet another scrap of evidence has come to light called the Gospel of the Wife of Jesus. Unknown from this writing is who the wife of Jesus was, though many have suggested that it was Mary Magdelene. This fragmentary writing not only indicates that females can be disciples, but that the highest level of leadership in the Church are allowed to have wives. If that is true then it may be the final nail in the coffin for the Catholic arguments against females in the priesthood, and their prohibition on priests being married. Oh the times are a-changin', even in the oldest surviving bureaucracy in the world -- the Catholic church.