According to NOS TV in the Netherlands, the Roman Catholic bishop of Haarlem, Punt, has suspended parish priest Vlaar from Obdam for celebrating a mass in support of the Dutch national football team. During the mass, on the final day of the World Cup tournament in South Africa, priest Vlaar prayed for unity and team spirit in the soccer team, which became second after losing from Spain in the final.
So, now the Roman Catholic hierarchy suspends a priest for something as innocent as supporting a football team.
On the other hand, the Roman Catholic church hierarchy never suspends a priest for a mass linked to something as secular as the carnival festival (recently, after for the first time, an openly gay Roman Catholic man became “prince” of the carnival festival, he was refused communion; which caused much revulsion).
The Roman Catholic church hierarchy never suspends priests, bishops or archbishops for blessing bloody wars, whether conducted by Italian dictator Mussolini in Ethiopia (see also here), German dictator Adolf Hitler, or US President Johnson in Vietnam.
And most of the Roman Catholic priests who have raped children have only been suspended after a very long time, if at all. Often, they have just been moved to other parishes, where they started their practices once again.
So, my cynical “advice” to priest Vlaar: you should have become a paedophile or a warmonger instead of a football fan. Then, you would still be in your job …
Update September 2010 here.
This is a video about the Roman Catholic church during the fascist dictatorship in Croatia during World War Two.
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