Boston-area Catholics on Sunday had mixed reactions to reports of a Harvard professor’s identification of what appears to be a scrap of fourth-century Egyptian papyrus that contains the first known explicit reference to Jesus being married. Speaking to reporters after Masses in Boston and Newton, some parishioners scoffed at the idea that the man Christians regard as the Messiah had a wife, a notion deemed heretical by the Roman Catholic Church, which allows only celibate men to be priests.
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