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Bishop suspends priest who conducted orange mass

 Dressed in an orange in support  of the Dutch soccer team churchgoers attend mass in Obdam, Netherlands, Sunday June 11, 2010.  In Pastor Paul Vlaar'...
 Dressed in an orange cape in support  of the Dutch soccer team pastor Paul Vlaar celebrates mass in Obdam, Netherlands, Sunday June 11, 2010.  In Vla...
 Dressed in an orange cape in support  of the Dutch soccer team pastor Paul Vlaar, right, celebrates mass in Obdam, Netherlands, Sunday June 11, 2010....

APTOPIX Netherlands Spain Soccer Wcup Final Frenzy

Dressed in an orange in support of the Dutch soccer team churchgoers attend mass in Obdam, Netherlands, Sunday June 11, 2010. In Pastor Paul Vlaar'...

APTOPIX Netherlands Spain Soccer Wcup Final Frenzy

Dressed in an orange cape in support of the Dutch soccer team pastor Paul Vlaar celebrates mass in Obdam, Netherlands, Sunday June 11, 2010. In Vla...

APTOPIX Netherlands Spain Soccer Wcup Final Frenzy

Dressed in an orange cape in support of the Dutch soccer team pastor Paul Vlaar, right, celebrates mass in Obdam, Netherlands, Sunday June 11, 2010....

The Bishop of Haarlem 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 Rev. 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 Friday.
Parish vice chairman Win Bijman says the village is "shocked and disappointed" by the popular priest's suspension.
The Netherlands lost 1-0 to Spain.


Updated : 2021-01-20 16:10 GMT+08:00