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Fr Tink turns a blind eye to Good Friday football

Moama’s St Aloysius Church priest, Fr Tink, believes football and Good Friday should remain separate due to the fear the sport would become just another excuse for people to put religion aside.

LUKE MCMANUS June 24, 2014 3:22am

Fr Tink.

Father John ‘Tink’ Tinkler is turning a blind ‘holy’ eye to the prospect of Good Friday football.

In the wake of the AFL’s decision to smash traditions and schedule an annual fixture on the religious holiday, the Moama’s St Aloysius Church priest believes football and the sacred celebration should remain separate due to the fear the sport would become just another excuse for people to put religion aside.

‘‘(Good Friday) must be on top of the list,’’ Fr Tink said.

‘‘We have enough temptations in life to break away from our religion in almost every part of our lives.

‘‘I can’t go along with that.

‘‘People must have the opportunity to go in and pay their respects to the founder of the Christian churches.

‘‘On that particular day, it should take precedence as it’s the most sacred day for Christians.

‘‘For people who don’t believe in Christ, then I don’t think it matters.’’

A devout football supporter, Fr Tink knows where his heart truly lies and will not let an AFL match stand in the way of commemorating Good Friday.

‘‘I have two religions, the first one is Catholic and the second one is Collingwood,’’ he said.

‘‘But I will always put the Good Friday services first.’’

Good Friday was one of the last remaining sacred days on the traditional calendar untouched by AFL football.

The massive break with tradition comes as little surprise to Tink, with the first Good Friday ‘blockbuster’ forecasted as early as 2016.

‘‘The Christian religion has lost a bit of its impiety over the years, but it’s still a very important religion within our community,’’ Father Tink said.

‘‘So I still think it should be given a priority on that day.

‘‘Now that’s in the towns are already playing footy on that day so it was only a matter of time until the concept made its way to the city.’’

The AFL has said it will schedule the match around the twilight time slot (4.30pm), as to not interfere with the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Father Tink said the move would soften the impact due to the ‘‘sacred hour’’, or ‘‘when Jesus was nailed to cross’’, being at 3pm.

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