Friday, 28 September 2012

Tell us something we didn't know!

"The Vatican newspaper has added to the doubts surrounding Harvard University's claim that a 4th century Coptic papyrus fragment showed that some early Christians believed that Jesus was married, declaring it a "fake."The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published an article Thursday by leading Coptic scholar Alberto Camplani and an accompanying editorial by the newspaper's editor, Giovanni Maria Vian, an expert in early Christianity. They both cited concerns expressed by other scholars about the fragment's authenticity and the fact that it was purchased on the market without a known archaeological provenance.
"At any rate, a fake," Vian entitled his editorial, which criticized Harvard for creating a "clamorous" media frenzy over the fragment by handing the scoop to two U.S. newspapers only to see "specialists immediately question it....."
Read it all here (thanks to Fr Smuts' blog for flagging this up)
A reasonably objective report from the rather left-leaning Huffington Post apart from the predictably snarky, ' As such, it's not surprising that the Vatican would challenge the claim.' (aka 'they would say that, wouldn't they?')  
Although, having said that, I fail to see what such a complete bouleversement of Scripture and the Tradition could possibly have to contribute to any discussion about "celibacy for priests and the role of women in the church," as the report suggests.
Sorry - any Christian seeking to be true to his baptism would seek to challenge this absurd claim.

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