German priest banned from preaching after speaking at anti-Islam event

The Pope at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, November, 2014.

A Catholic priest in Germany has been banned from preaching after speaking at an anti-Islam protest.

The Rev. Paul Spaetling had taken part in a rally in the western city of Duisburg on Monday. It was organized by a group that associates itself with the organization Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, which has staged large weekly rallies in Dresden for about three months.

The diocese of Muenster said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that it rejected Spaetling’s comments about Islam.

The bishop of Muenster, Felix Genn, says he’s withdrawing Spaetling’s right to preach or speak on behalf of the Church.

  • This is not the Pope we need.

    • Frau Katze

      Nope. He might have done in the hippie era, but not now.

    • Martin B

      This is beyond dhimmitude. Dhimmitude is a passive surrender to Islam. Here the Church is actively preventing its own priests from speaking the truth about Islam. The Church has sunk as low as Nazi collaborators.

      • ellake

        It is not only that priest who was talking against Islam. For a long time many of the priests who went to Africa on a missionary work were talking about situation with christians and catolics in Africa. And about Islam. And they were talking quite loudly, too.
        So, I really don’t understand the present pope/that bishop’s attitude.
        They can not be that stupid, can they?

  • Ho Hum
  • TotallyPeeved

    F*** “the church.”

    • ellake

      There where many popes who were not “good”, the catholic church is still alive.
      After all the pope is important, but more important are the believers.

      • Frau Katze

        I’m sure that even amongst clergy, opinions on Islam differ. I know they do, I’ve read of some from the Middle East itself who know the score very well.

        But fate has landed us with a far-left Pope, unfortunately.

  • Hktony

    When you really need the church they turn tail and run with the Marxist and muzzies!

    • Frau Katze


    • ellake

      you need church, you don’t need marxist pope.

  • Martin B

    Every Crusader is turning over in his grave.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Vatican joins the rest of western Europe consigning itself to the dustbin.

  • RevnantDream

    This Pope will go down as one of the worst in centuries. A Marxist lap dog who bows before the Koran

    • ellake

      I hope you are not right, but you may be.