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Jesus married? Local Catholics not swayed

Boston-area Roman Catholics had mixed reactions Sunday to reports that a Harvard professor identified what appears to be a scrap of fourth-century Egyptian papyrus bearing the first known explicit reference to Jesus’ having been 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 considered heretical by the Roman Catholic Church, which allows only celibate men to be priests.

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