Imagine that you’re a healthy young man. Now imagine that you’ve been in an auto accident, and that you’re now a paraplegic. That would be sad and difficult, of course.
Now, imagine the Roman Catholic church rubbing salt into your wounds. That’s what happened to a 26 year-old man in Viterbo, Italy. A Catholic bishop has blocked a ‘church wedding’ for this man and his fiancee. Why? Because he is, as a result of his paraplegia, impotent. His fiancee knows that he’s impotent, but that doesn’t matter to the Roman Catholic church.
A spokesman for Bishop Lorenzo Chiarinelli said that no bishop or priest can celebrate a wedding when he knows of admitted impotence. Why? Among Roman Catholics, it’s apparently a motive for annulment of the marriage.
I think that’s a really stupid position to take. The Roman Catholic church considers marriage a sacrament, which means that this young man and the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with are being denied what they consider a spiritual benefit by the only ones able to grant it. It’s not their fault that the gentleman is impotent, yet they bear the burden of never being married in the eyes of their church.
In a word, that sucks.