Vatican’s female footballers refused to play pro-choice opponents

Vatican’s female footballers refused to play pro-choice opponents June 26, 2019

THE Vatican women soccer team’s international debut match in Vienna last week ended abruptly when members of the opposing team staged a pro-choice protest during the Vatican anthem.

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Austrian news outlets ORF and Kathpress reported on Saturday that the voluptuous Spanish Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, apostolic nuncio (ambassador) to Austria, above, withdrew the Vatican women’s team from the game, but the Vatican later said the decision to pull out was made by the team itself. However, the nuncio supported their decision.

During the anthem, members of the Vienna FC Austrian team in Mariahilf pulled up their jerseys, exposing images of female reproductive organs and pro-abortion slogans painted on their stomachs and backs. ORF reported:

Everything took off once the [Vatican] anthem began.

Banners reading “Against Homophobia” were simultaneously rolled out in the spectator stands.

The protest was reportedly  difficult to see from the VIP tent. An official from the Vatican team informed the nuncio about the protest. According to ORF,:

A visibly emotional conversation followed, and the nuncio left the field with his colleagues.

Luise H, representing the players involved in the protest, told ORF that the group didn’t know there would be consequences for their actions and would have liked to play the match.

Leaflets distributed to journalists explained that the activists could not identify with the Church’s rejection of abortion and same-sex marriage.

Regretting the cancellation, Luise H said that:

They were not aware that the timing of the action, during the playing of the Vatican hymn and in the presence of the apostolic nuncio, could be detrimental to the idea of sport and ruin many working weeks of preparations.

The Vatican launched the first women’s soccer team in its history in May 2019. Composed largely of Holy See employees and family members, it debuted in a match against AS Roma’s team on May 26.

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  • Chris Hogue

    Any representation of the Vatican should always be protested regardless how easily their feelings get hurt.

  • wannabe

    “voluptuous”?

  • barriejohn

    So. it was the Catholic women who pulled out this time?

  • Jemolk

    Such fragile little egos from the Vatican. If you can’t deal with criticism of your position, well, tough sh⁠it. You’re still getting criticized. Can’t deal with peaceful protests? Again, tough sh⁠it. Your alternative is vio⁠lent ones.

  • Michael Neville

    ISWYDT.

  • frostysnowman

    “During the anthem, members of the Vienna FC Austrian team in Mariahilf pulled up their jerseys, exposing images of female reproductive organs and pro-abortion slogans painted on their stomachs and backs.” “Banners reading “Against Homophobia” were simultaneously rolled out in the spectator stands.”

    That’s awesome. And they are not the ones who ruined the game, the Vatican did that.

  • Aloha

    The Vatican team is only 1 month old!??! Did you guys see that? It was started in May 2019.

    It’s very much a fledgling group. Obviously the sort of fledgling that needs to be treated with kid gloves.

  • William

    The idea of Vatican City fielding a team in international women’s sport is just bizarre all-around.

  • Aloha

    “Composed largely of Holy See employees and family members.”

    Propaganda tool.

  • Norman Parron

    the vatican girls are too scared they will be beaten by the other team.

  • Raging Bee

    And/or abused by their coach or nuncio…

  • Freethinker

    Massive respect to Vienna FC Austrian team for making such a powerful and truly ballsy statement.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54758765cff6d29cfac124e6f1b1dfa29a032b565a6948b92aedd81a04e4704d.gif

  • Pofarmer

    Yeah, they’re gonna have a rough go of it.

  • Zetopan

    Yes because being exposed to secular ideas could be devastating to those who have been sequestered from reality! Surely you don’t expect the Vatican to just give up on still peddling demonic possession?*

    *Belligerently willful ignorance should have equal rights, especially over everyone else!

  • Broga

    A choice not available to the child victims of priestly paedophilia.

  • Broga

    The Vatican representatives are extremely sensitive men whose feelings are very easily hurt. Their sensitivity seems to be more under control when discovering priests’ paedophilia and spiriting them off to locations where they can continue as priests.

  • Broga

    They had better get used to it. The age – and it has been an age – of subservience whenever they deign to show themselves is over.

  • Broga

    The “voluptuous (as in glutinous) nuncio” does not look healthy. The vegetarian/vegan revolution seems to have passed him by.

  • Broga

    As an alternative to bible study, it seems that we atheists get some pleasure from our dictionaries.

  • Barry Duke

    Thanks Broga, I actually thought long and hard before before I used that word. But, as you point out, it pretty well encapsulates those who lead the sybaritic lifestyles these over-privileged maggots enjoy at the expense of the blindly faithful.

  • larry parker

    Too many Ruben sandwiches.

  • rubaxter

    If these women are going to be pros, paid in Salvation for their football and their willing ignorance, then their religious big&#8203otry will haunt them wherever they go, and for good reason.

    Where’re the US RC lick&#8203spittles working to get food and aid to the overwhelmingly RC detainees at the Mexican border? Why money wasted on a football team that could be used for actual BIBLICAL church work? Nobody is going to become an RC cuz Women’s Football Team.

    BTW, what a mealy-mouthed rebuttal from the Adult Women’s team. If it weren’t for protestors taking a stand these people would have been exiled to internal exile and/or excommunicated by the RC church when it had the unwavering support of the male authorities.

  • rubaxter

    Why does it even exist?

  • Matt G

    “See how progressive we are?”