An Italian bishop has denied a young paraplegic a church wedding because he is impotent, media in Rome have reported.
The Italian couple will have to forgo a church wedding
Although the man's fiancée is aware of the problem, a spokesman for Bishop Lorenzo Chiarinelli of Viterbo, central Italy, told SkyTG24 television that "no bishop, no priest can celebrate a wedding when he knows of impotence as it is a motive for annulment."
The 26-year-old groom has been paraplegic since he was involved in a car accident. He and his fiancée were married in a civil ceremony on Saturday, June 7, in Viterbo, news agency AFP reported.
Attending the ceremony was their parish curate, who was banned from marrying the couple in church.