Paris – A French couple has been refused a religious wedding ceremony by the Catholic church because they said they did not want to have children, Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper reported on Sunday.
The pair – named only as Anne and Christophe – told the parish priest in Saint-Remi de Forbach in northeastern France that they were afraid of passing on a nervous disorder from which Anne suffered.
“However, it was not a genetic illness. It posed a real problem because what they said is incompatible with canon law,” said Philippe Hiegel, spokesperson for the Metz diocese.
In the Catholic marriage ceremony bride and groom must declare that they intend to have children and that they accept the “responsibility of spouse and parent,” church officials told the paper.