According to an article (18 Sep 2012 and undated 20 Sep 2012) in the Huffington Post:
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King says she has found an ancient papyrus from the fourth century that, when translated, appears to indicate that Jesus was married.
The text is being dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” The part of it that’s drawing attention says, “Jesus said to them, “my wife'” in the Coptic language. The text, which is printed on papyrus the size of a business card, has not been scientifically tested to verify its dating, but King and other scholars have said they are confident it is a genuine artifact. . .
The quote about Jesus’ wife is part of a description of a conversation between Jesus and his disciples. In the conversation, Jesus talks about his mother twice and speaks once about his wife. . .
So here we go again. Since Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, there has been increased speculation about Christ’s marital status. King’s discovery should fuel the fires of Christian feminism.
Taylor G. Petrey, writing for bycommonconsent.com (19 Sep 2012), cautions:
Dr. King has rightly cautioned that this text does not shed any light on the historical Jesus, namely, what the first-century Jewish teacher from Galilee actually said or did. Rather, it is evidence of an early Christian interest in representing Jesus as married. The existence of the text reveals that early Christians, beginning in the second century, disputed whether Jesus was celibate or married. They looked to Jesus’s own practices to settle the issue of Christian attitudes toward marriage and sexual intercourse. . .
Why should we care? If Christ had a wife then there is nothing dangerous about the sexuality of women and no reason for anyone to deny themselves a sexual identity. Which brings into question the practice of celibacy among Roman Catholic priests.
Is it so bad to contemplate that Christ had a sexual life? One of the reasons He came to Earth was to get the mortal experience. Why shouldn’t it be the complete human experience?