Parish priest Einar Gelius in Oslo went on radio faking a funeral service over the football club «Lyn». Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme has apologized on behalf of the Church of Norway.
The Parish priest and the Bishop is both spending time watching football. But priest Einar Gelius might finally have make the self goal, that will make it possible for the Bishop to send his priest for a long holiday.
The priest, who is a supporter of a local city club «Vålerenga», went to radio and faked a funeral service just days before a city derby with «Lyn». That the competing team is in financial trouble, and might go bankrupt, made the radio sermon difficult for the Bishop to swallow.
«I have to apologize. A priest should not make fun of the most important moments of his service for the parishioners. Not so much for the priest own good, but for the sake of the people he will face in similar situations. You would not reducible such moments, which for many people are holy, and full of sorrow», says Bishop Kvarme.
This is the funeral sermon on the radio in Oslo, over the sad dismiss over a local football club:
«We are gathered here today to honor an old fellow us us, which has been with us since the year 1896. Even though coming from the west side of town, His life was surely a struggle. Often you had to fight your own battle. Your last days has specially been filled with sorrows. It is a sad announcement, that our ways now will part forever. May you rest in peace».
The radio advertisement with the sermon from the priest has been withdrawn.
Source: The Norwegian Christian daily: «DagenMagazinet».
Its time for the Bishop to sack priest Einar Gelius. This last «media stunt», is just one in an endless list on banal appearances of this clergy man.
Gelius is a confused men, that should never have been allowed into ministry. At least for the sake of the Lutheran priesthood. One of his media statements is the best explanation, of a man that has not been born from above:
«I do not believe in God (of the Old testament), but I do believe in Jesus».