The Austrian Times website reports today (August 14, 2010) that a church in Floridsdorf, Austria is being forced to pay the costs of a couple's wedding, because the priest failed to turn up at their marriage ceremony.
The couple had planned their wedding and -- at the same time -- the baptism of their child last weekend, but were left waiting at the altar, as the priest forgot about his wedding commitment.
The priest admitted he forgot about the wedding following a death in his parish, said Erich Leichtenberger, spokesman for the diocese.
He offered their sincere apologies to the couple and confirmed it was not deliberate. He also confirmed that the church would pay all the costs incurred by the couple.