Priest suspended for ‘orange mass’

2010-07-16 10:58

The Bishop of Haarlem in the Netherlands has suspended a priest who

made headlines around the world by holding an "orange mass" to pray for the

Dutch team in its World Cup final against Spain.

The bishop says in a statement that Reverend Paul Vlaar’s packed

service in the village of Obdam, north of Amsterdam, “did not do justice to the

sacred nature of the Eucharist”.

Vlaar wore an orange robe and decorated the church with orange

flags. During the service he acted as a goalkeeper when a parishioner kicked a

football down the aisle.

Vlaar was not available for comment today.

Parish vice chairperson Win Bijman says the village is “shocked and

disappointed” by the popular priest’s suspension.

Vlaar’s prayers went unanswered in the final: the Netherlands lost

1-0 to Spain.


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