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Archdiocese Unhappy About Good Friday Baseball

The Catholic Church is criticizing the Baltimore Orioles for holding Opening Day during the holy religious observance.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore released a statement on Wednesday afternoon expressing disappointment with the Orioles decision to play their first game of the 2012 season on Good Friday.

"On Friday, April 6, nine Major League Baseball teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, will play season-opening baseball games,” the statement begins. “On the same day, countless Christians and Jews will mark solemn and holy religious observances, Good Friday and the start of Passover."

Good Friday is a religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. According to the Bible, Jesus spends six hours on the cross from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jake Arrieta’s first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

"Three o’clock is when Jesus died," said Sister Paulette Doyas, a diehard O’s fan who works in the Admissions Office at Notre Dame University of Maryland. "I really am not happy. It’s a solemn day for Catholics. I’m praying for rain. That would show the Lord’s sense of humor."

Good Friday masses are stripped down affairs, often without music. The will hold a "Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion" at 3 p.m. and "Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm."

The press release singles out one team, the Cincinnati Reds, who requested to have its game moved from Friday to Thursday in apparent response to public outcry, and MLB capitulated.

Issued by Sean Caine, Communications Director for the Archdiocese, the statement also expresses concern with the decision.

"How regrettable it is that Major League Baseball and the Orioles apparently care so little about the deeper loyalties of so many of its fans. The decision to schedule season-opening games on Good Friday is just the latest example of a growing disregard for the deeply-held and widely-practiced faith traditions of the people of our great Nation."

For devout Catholics abstaining from meat at Camden Yards on Friday afternoon, the new Gino’s Burgers concession and Boog’s Barbecue will be off limits.

The Church’s position on the matter ends with a quote from John Cardinal O'Connor, who criticized the decision to play baseball on Good Friday in 1998.

"Playing on Good Friday...is cheap and cheapens our culture, no matter how big the box-office receipts."

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ralahinn1 April 05, 2012 at 05:09 PM
King David said " dance for the Lord" I look at baseball as kind of a dance. I guess it is still ok for some churches to play bingo during Easter week end, I haven't heard anyone say anything about that.
D Bach April 05, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Is this the same Archdioces that stole my Alma Mater and that of my brothers and son, Cardinal Gibbons High School, under the guise of not enough enrollment and then sold it to St Agnes, the money grubbing Catholic Hospital across the street. Everyone involved knew the plan was in effect from the beginning. They don't speak for me or thousands of other disenchanted Catholics any more .
Sean Tully April 06, 2012 at 02:45 AM
As a Roman Catholic with deep respect for my church I say stop being such cry babies, Archdioces of Baltimore. It is a religious holiday and if you believe you shouldn't go to a baseball game on that day, don't go. Otherwise "play ball!"
Mike Moran April 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Uh, yeah. This will help the Church's image.

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