Well, fans of the untergang, another blow has been struck in the demolition of the West, albeit in a more remote corner of the West.
A Brazilian man is to wed his pet goat – but has promised not to consummate the marriage.Of course, there are multiple problems, as there always are when one contravenes the natural order. If he does not consummate the marriage, is there a marriage? Lack of consummation has been grounds for dissolution since the Code of Khammurapi, and in many cultures the rule has been "the act makes the marriage." Which is why it's called "the marriage act." So the lovely bride already has grounds for an annulment in the groom's prior stated intent.
Former stonecutter Aparecido Castaldo, 74, has decided to end his days as a single man to marry his beloved Carmelita.
The happy couple will walk, or trot, down the aisle on October 13 in Igreja do Diabo, or Devil’s Church, in the city of Jundiai, Brazil.
Aparecido has been in love with the pet for two years and says a goat has advantages over a human companion.
‘She doesn’t speak and doesn’t want money,’ says the father of eight children – four women and four men from four different marriages.
Pagan Rome and Christendom added another requirement: "consent makes the marriage" and it is unclear whether Senhorita Carmelita has given her consent to this union, or even whether she is competent to do so.
It may be that for Sr. Castaldo, a goat does have advantages over a human companion, especially if, as one suspects, he may have troubles attracting the latter. And when one realizes that he regards normal conversation and the support of his spouse as disadvantages. We will pass over in silence the name of the "church." though we may roll our eyes a bit as we do so. At least, Sr. Castaldo should have no problem finding a nanny.
But come, let us celebrate their love for each other. To do otherwise would be capraphobic.