The new piece of parchment which refers to Jesus’ wife is not new to many who study this. In fact, these people think it unlikely he was celibate.
The Jewish faith at the time of Jesus followed the dictate of go forth and multiply. A Jew, especially a prominent one, would have been roundly criticized for not having several children.
The Gnostic Gospels discovered in the 1940′s describe Jesus’ love for Mary Magdalene including kisses. She was his constant companion. Peter, Jesus’ main man, was married.
There was an author in the Bible that could have cleared up many mysteries of the life of the Biblical character, Jesus. That was Paul.
Paul was the author closest to the time of Jesus. If anyone could have included a testimony about personal characteristics later attributed to Jesus, it would have been Paul.
But Paul didn’t say a word about Jesus’ life as a person. Then, many years later, writers start to add details about Jesus. The later the writer, the more detail was filled in. As I understand it, this is the opposite of what one would expect in ”oral history”.
To a large segment of Christianity, it will not matter that much if it is eventually established Jesus had a wife. It is said it will undermine the celibacy of the Catholic priesthood.
I think the Catholic hierarchy likes celibate priests because they are cheaper, not because Jesus was celibate. They will change only when they have to.