Saturday 20 January 2018

Passion for rugby match isn't sinful

I have been reading with interest the many comments on the forthcoming Munster/Leinster game on Good Friday.

While I agree that Good Friday is a day of huge significance to those of us from the Christian faith and that another day should have been chosen, I feel that some religious have gone over the top by saying that rugby fans "face the wrath of God" if they go to the rugby match and that "they should not call themselves Catholic".

Obviously those views come from a very different theological school than that from which I was formed. Like so many others on that day, I will reflect and pray and celebrate the Lord's Passion; and later that evening travel to Thomond Park to cheer on Munster. And even though a sinner, I will continue to call myself Catholic.

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