The controversy heated up last week the Harvard Theological Review reported that a papyrus fragment suggesting Jesus had a wife was real.
Conan, a Harvard graduate, was raised in an Irish Catholic family in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The Catholic Church has denounced the fragment as a fake. The religion is based on the premise that Jesus was unmarried, except unto God. Catholic priests have sworn to remain celibate as part of their vows for hundreds of years.
In the document, fragments of conversations written in the ancient Coptic language report that Jesus spoke of his “wife,” according to the report.
Karen King, a Harvard professor of divinity, told the Associated Press the papyrus probably dates to eighth century Egypt. The finding is based on radiocarbon dating and the ink’s composition.
But Conan said on his show he’d found even more convincing proof.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have something better than a scroll to prove Jesus was married,” he said, introducing the bit.
“Don’t ask us how, we actually have very rare footage… that’s right footage of Jesus’s domestic life,” he added, barely containing his laughter.
Author Dan Brown caused an uproar in Catholic circles when his popular novel “The Da Vinci Code” was published, claiming that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a child.
The book argues that Jesus’s bloodline continues to the present day.
Catholic groups are upset at Conan because he was a good Catholic boy growing up. Check out his blaspheme, er, that is, his comic spoof below. It shows Jesus in less than a state of marital bliss to Mary.