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Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Christian love in action

A Catholic bishop in Italy has told a paraplegic that, because he's impotent, he can't be married in church.

"The 26-year-old groom, who took part in a civil marriage ceremony Saturday in Viterbo, has been paraplegic since he was involved in a car accident," says a story captured by the Religion News blog.

Salvatore de Ciuco, spokesman for Bishop Lorenzo Chiarinelli of Viterbo incentral Italy, told SkyTG24 television [. . .]: "No bishop, no priest can celebrate a wedding when he knows of admitted impotence as it is a motive for annulment" of the marriage.

The civil ceremony was attended by the curate of the parish that was banned from marrying the couple.

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