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    CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) -- A Roman Catholic priest who unleashed a torrent of expletives and racist abuse against skateboarders outside his Australian cathedral, only to have the outburst filmed and placed on YouTube, has been put on leave.

    The Reverend Monsignor Geoff Baron, the dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Australia's second biggest city, Melbourne, was videotaped swearing at and abusing a group of teenagers using the cathedral grounds as a skate park.

    "Move, you f------ fool," Baron tells one skater in the video, slapping one of the group across the head and prompting a torrent of abuse in reply.

    Pointing to a skater lying on the ground, Baron is heard telling the youth "Little foreigner there, look at the sleepy eyes, black hair".

    "At least he's got hair. You f------ bald prick," one youth replies. Others spat on and shoved the furious priest.

    The embarrassed Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, placed Baron on indefinite leave after the outburst appeared on YouTube, while security guards began patrolling the cathedral grounds on Wednesday amid threats of reprisal attacks.

    "I want to relieve the dean of the pressures and responsibilities he carries as dean of the cathedral," Hart said, promising further action.

    Baron apologized for the outburst on Tuesday, but on radio described the skaters as "jackals and hyenas" who had provoked him with allegations he was a pedophile.

    "It was outrageous behavior. I let myself down terribly badly, quite clearly, and I've also brought scandal and shock to other people," he told local radio.

    The video clip of the outburst, which was filmed a year ago but only recently posted on YouTube;
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    I believe I would have knocked some of those punks out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saxman_28712 View Post
    I believe I would have knocked some of those punks out.
    Yep.
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    Why? What a perfect opportunity for the Priest to come out and ask those kids if they know Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

    I'm pretty sure Jesus would not have come out there and started telling the young sheep to "get off the fucking property"....

    This is why I stopped going to church years ago, and began studying the teachings of Christ on my own...

    About 20 years ago, my "punk" friends and I were riding our BMX bikes around outside an Evangelist church in upstate NY. Long hair, and Iron Maiden/Ozzy shirts all around. That night, "The Power Team" happened to be performing there... If you don't know who they are, google them.

    Instead of coming out and yelling at us to "get off the fucking property", these 6'5" 300lb dudes came out, and brought us in and gave us seats in the front row to watch their show. Afterwards, they met with each of us, gave us Bibles and prayed with us... It's a night I'll remember forever, as I was raised in a non-religious home, and at that point knew more about satan than Jesus Christ.

    Could the Priest not have done the same?
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    Since it's doubtful they'd have anything to leave in the collection plate, probably not.

    Good post, EJC.

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    Oof. Heavy one. I'm humbled by that EJC. Good post.
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    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    I'm trying to understand the relevance of those two voivod...kind of coming up short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Since it's doubtful they'd have anything to leave in the collection plate, probably not.
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    I'm trying to understand the relevance of those two voivod...kind of coming up short.
    I'm assuming they are vids of the "Power Team" EJC was talking about but that's just a guess.

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    Those are newer Power Team videos... I must say, it looks like things have changed alot since I saw them in '87 with John Jacobs.

    It wasn't NEARLY as theatrical back then. About 10 minutes of preaching, and then a simple demonstration of strength, such as breaking a baseball bat over his leg, ripping a phone book in half, curling 225lbs, etc...

    Then another 10 minutes of preaching....

    I noticed the 2nd video had P.O.D. for a backing track. Excellent band... The "Testify" CD is one of the best produced albums (Glen Ballard) I've ever heard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Shark View Post
    I'm assuming they are vids of the "Power Team" EJC was talking about but that's just a guess.
    Thank you...
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    I will agree that the priest handled it wrong, BUT those kids need to have the shit knocked out of them. No respect for anyone or anything.
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    When you hold a position like a priest where you are going to be held to a higher standard you have to always keep your emmotions and words in check, but I think these kids had been going back to this place over and over trying to get this guy to fly off the handle. Why else would they just happen to have a hidden camera on them. Who knows how long they were there or what they were saying to the guy before they finally got what they were looking for and started the camera running. Its unfurtunate that the guy got caught by a bunch of idiots in a compramising situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO View Post
    I will agree that the priest handled it wrong, BUT those kids need to have the shit knocked out of them. No respect for anyone or anything.


    I agree, they were pushing the old dude around, calling him c--t, and other things...
    Some people need to be taught respect the old fashioned way...

 

 

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