The mid-air marriage gets muddier

In the Light of the Law

Popes on planes aren’t supposed to be a setting from which to draw fodder for canon law essay exams, but as far back as Pope Benedict XVI, such flights have occasioned more than their fair share of papal words or actions carrying canonical implications but undertaken with little apparent advertence to canon law.

Let’s start with some fact questions in regard to the mid-air marriage recently officiated by Pope Francis. It is emerging that maybe the wedding wasn’t as spontaneous as reported, that maybe the happy couple were not “astonished” at the pope’s allegedly sudden idea, and that maybe the ‘Here?!’ and ‘It was a great surprise’ portrayals were expected.

Last month, in an interview published in emol.com, Podest and Ciuffardi, picked to serve on the cabin crew for the papal visit, talked about their civil marriage from some eight years ago (which they had been…

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  1. There is a part of me that very much likes what Pope Francis did. There is another part of me that is cringing like crazy. Oh well. Either way, I wish the happy couple many happy years, health and peace.

    1. Did you see Peters’ first blog post on the regularization of the marriage? I found it to be rather enlightening.

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