Melbourne Archdiocese reiterates Good Friday footy stance

Melbourne Archdiocese vicar general Bishop Les Tomlinson said Easter is a "season of the spirit" and reiterated the Church's stance that the Australian Football League should omit playing games on Good Friday.

"It's not just about the three o'clock ceremony. It is about the day," Bishop Tomlinson said in a statement, adding that "any proposal to play games on Good Friday fails to properly consider the spiritual needs of people in our community."

Bishop Tomlinson said Melbourne's Catholics love football and are "very proud" of the city's sporting culture, but "Easter and the Easter holidays are a season of the spirit and the spiritual for Christians."

"From our awakening to the end of the day, it is the day Christians remember that Jesus Christ suffered and died for us so that we might know and enjoy the love of God for all eternity."

He said the league has so far shown "shown exemplary and courageous leadership" in resisting previous pressure to schedule matches on Good Friday and urged them to continue doing so.

The call for a Good Friday match to be held next year was part of a wider survey conducted by a News Limited publication to gauge the fans' reaction to a range of football issues, Christianity Today reported.


Good Friday is a sacred day (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne)

Prelate: Good Friday Is Not for Football (Zenit)

Easter trumps Football (Christianity Today)


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Good Friday footy: Melbourne bishops protest

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