Italian bishop refuses wedding to impotent paraplegic: media

An Italian bishop has told a young paraplegic he cannot have a church wedding because he is impotent, despite his fiancee being aware of the problem, media here reported.

Salvatore de Ciuco, spokesman for Bishop Lorenzo Chiarinelli of Viterbo in central Italy, told SkyTG24 television late Sunday: “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 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.

The curate of the parish who was banned from marrying the couple was present at the ceremony.

RNB Commentary: The Catholic Church overflows with man-made rules, doctrines and practices that have no Biblical support. Hence many Christians consider Catholicism to be — theologically — a cult of Christianity.

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June 9, 2008

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