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No AFL football on Good Friday after this year, urges bishop

Games on holy day not "fair" or "necessary" says Bishop Philip Huggins

April 11 2017Statement by Bishop Philip Huggins, assistant bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

We hope and pray the AFL does not fixture games on Good Friday after this year.

It is not necessary – there are games all over the Easter weekend.

It is not fair – it requires faithful fans, players, club staff and media to make choices that are not fair on them. (Our feedback conveys this in vivid stories.)

The Children’s Hospital Appeal could have been assisted last weekend in collaboration with Steve Moneghetti’s Run for the Kids.

The sacrificial, generous love of God in Jesus has been a founding spiritual and philosophical basis of our society, and still is.

Because of its profound meaning for every life, the Cross of Jesus has inspired some of civilisation’s greatest art, music and most generous lives.

So, just seeing the AFL put more ‘product’ into this Holy Day is very sad.

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” says Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew 6:21).


Contact Bishop Huggins on 9653 9243 or (m) 0418 799 515