Religion: Aerial Theology

People are constantly getting married in balloons or airplanes nowadays. May a good Roman Catholic do so? asked readers of the Naples Mattino last week. No! came answer, from Monsignor Enrico Pucci, occasional Vatican spokesman to the Press, and Father Arturo Vermeersch. Jesuit professor of theology in the Pontifical Gregorian University. Canon law, they explained, requires that a Catholic be married by a parish priest in his own parish. Elsewhere the priest has no authority. A moving airplane is not likely to remain over one small parish...

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