Judgment has been entered in High Court claim no. BL-2017-000101 against the Defendant Laurence Roy Moffitt (a.k.a. Laurie Moffitt) for copyright infringement, misuse of private information and breach of confidence in respect of the address books containing the names and addresses of the members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. Permanent injunctions have been granted. Mr Moffitt has been ordered to pay damages and to pay the Claimants’ legal costs on the indemnity basis.
She had presented the fragment at a six day conference in Rome, but significantly her contribution was not reported at the time by either the Vatican newspaper or Vatican radio.
The controversy hinged on four words, written in Coptic, which translated to “Jesus said to them, my wife’’.
Ms King, who helped translate the text, never asserted the text proved Jesus was married.
She said that it merely was a reference to issues of family and marriage which faced Christians at the time.
But despite this, the document was swiftly denounced as a fake by both Ms King’s academic peers and the Vatican in the furore that followed.
According to an article in theHarvard Theological Review the document was subjected to intensive testing which included matching the document to other papyri of around the same time.
The scientific research was carried out by academics - including biologists and chemists - from Harvard, Columbia University and MIT.
"Over the past two years, extensive testing of the papyrus and the carbon ink, as well as analysis of the handwriting and grammar, all indicate that the existing material fragment dates to between the sixth and ninth centuries CE (common era),” the review concluded.
“None of the testing has produced any evidence that the fragment is a modern fabrication or forgery."