A reader sent me this story from one of his fellow priests.
For exceptional reasons, which he did not explain, he had a Monday afternoon wedding today which took place at a Mass at the high altar at his parish in a beautiful Gothic church within the city limits of Chicago. Everything went normal until the kiss of peace. During the wedding Mass, after he said, "Now let us offer one another a sign of peace," he watched incredulously from the altar as the father of the bride handed his cell phone to his daughter (the bride) so that she could give a sign of peace to the person on the other end of the phone call. My friend was so surprised to see this happen that he did not say a word of correction to them. After Mass he asked the bride, "Was that your mom you were talking to on the phone during the greeting of peace?" The bride admitted that it was. Her mom works in the gift shop of a large casino in Las Vegas and could not get the day off to attend her daughter’s wedding, so they exchanged the greeting of peace by cell phone during the ceremony.
Well I’m a believer that people generally should abstain from cell phones during Mass. Though strict cellibacy is only a discipline and not a doctrine. Long distance during the sign of peace is nothing new though. Some people live their pew to go a long distance to shake everybody’s hands.