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What They're Saying
July 19th, 2010 1:13AM



"People do not understand it. Everybody supports Pastor Paul and we don’t see what was so bad that he should be temporarily suspended. Maybe we allowed ourselves to be swept along a little too much in the Oranje euphoria. But it is part of Pastor Paul’s personality that he manages to harness that kind of enthusiasm to get people into church. The church here is full and in other places churches are empty."

-- Win Bijman, vice chairman of the Netherlands' Obdam Parish, after Catholic priest Paul Vlaar was suspended by his bishop for performing an "orange mass" during the World Cup in which he wore an orange robe, decorated the church with orange flags and acted as a goalkeeper when a parishioner kicked a soccer ball down the aisle. (AP)

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