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Becker disputes wedding minister bill, says charge is over the line

The Local · 29 Oct 2011, 09:36

Published: 29 Oct 2011 09:36 GMT+02:00

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Becker pointed out that the minister charges 2,000 francs (1630 euros) for regular weddings while for his event in the eastern Swiss ski resort of St Moritz in 2009, he was required to pay about five times as much.

"I don't want to be a miser but this is five times the regular fee," said Becker, who appeared in court in crutches due to an injured foot, Swiss news agency ATS reported.

He married long-term girlfriend Lilly Kerssenberg in a highly publicised ceremony in June 2009.

"The priest wants to rip me off," he added. “I will not pay this bill out of principle," he said.

The American pastor Brent Fisher, well-known for performing celebrity weddings in the area had already taken Becker to court in the canton of Graubünden where the wedding was held.

The court had then ordered Becker to pay Fisher 1,988 Swiss francs (€1620).

The case was now being tried by a higher court in the canton of Zug, where Becker is based.

Fisher explained that he was asking more than his usual fee because of the extra work he had to put in for the preparation of Becker's wedding, including travelling to Zurich to meet a Gospel musician.

He was also billing more for around four hours of extra work as he was interviewed by German television several times in the build-up to the wedding, according to daily Bild newspaper.

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A ruling is expected in coming weeks.


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Your comments about this article

15:12 October 29, 2011 by petenick
Leave it to the Christian/Catholic Church to stick it to you! God is everywhere so you don't have to give these phony pricks a cent. Get married at City Hall next time Boris.
22:30 October 29, 2011 by Gretl
What is that in an hourly rate? Yeah, I thought so.
05:20 October 30, 2011 by wood artist
I somehow doubt Becker should be on the hook for him doing interviews. He could have said no, although clearly he likes to get his share of the publicity. If Becker didn't agree to pay for that time, then...tough luck, buddy!

06:53 October 30, 2011 by heyheyhey
Damn catholic priests are some of the most corrupt pigs walking the face of the earth. If thet aren't ripping you off like this one, they are molesting your kids. Get rid of them all.

BTW.........I was raised Catholic and was challenging this institution when I was quite young.

Once told a judgmental priest to get his ass out of my hospital room and never come back.
12:49 October 30, 2011 by johnny108
I thought greed was a sin?
13:23 October 30, 2011 by storymann
Hey,Hey that leaves little doubt as to your feeling towards the Catholic church:-)

But the guy is a minister, as they say in Thailand, "same ,same but different "
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