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Dutch bishop suspends priest who acted as goalie, wore orange during Mass

Catholic World News - July 16, 2010

Bishop Joseph Punt of Haarlem-Amsterdam has suspended a parish priest, Father Paul Vlaar, who wore orange vestments-- the color of the Netherlands’ World Cup team-- during Sunday Mass on July 11. Father Vlaar also acted as a goalkeeper during Mass, standing in front of a goal as a parishioner kicked a soccer ball down the aisle.

“On Sunday 11 July, Pastor Paul Vlaar of Obdam celebrated the Holy Eucharist in the spirit of the Football World Cup, wearing an orange chasuble, and did insufficient justice, in text and form, to the sanctity of the Eucharist,” a diocesan statement noted. “The footage of this has caused indignation among faithful here and abroad.”

The statement continued:

In the past the bishop had impressed upon Fr Vlaar not to mix the Holy Eucharist with profane events. The pastor has said to fully support this and promised to abide. The pastor’s pastoral zeal and commitment are not under discussion. Following this new incident the bishop again met with Fr. Vlaar, imposed an immediate time of reflection on him and relieved him of his priestly duties for the time being. Things will once again be considered at a later date.

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  • Posted by: Salome - Jul. 18, 2010 1:15 AM ET USA

    Dare I add to Defender's comments--and a Dutch one at that?

  • Posted by: Anselm - Jul. 17, 2010 11:31 AM ET USA

    At least it wasn't a "Clown Mass."

  • Posted by: Ken - Jul. 17, 2010 3:05 AM ET USA

    Speechless.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Jul. 16, 2010 8:11 PM ET USA

    I'm glad that Spain won.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 16, 2010 6:26 PM ET USA

    What's this, a bishop doing something?

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