Monday, February 22, 2010

Disrepecting a dead priest: Father David Bauer

I went out to the Slovakia-Russia hockey game last week. What a game! It was end-to-end entertainment and Slovak goalie Jaroslav Halak - he also plays for the Habs - stood on his head. Ovechkin was also in fine form running everyone with clean, bone-crushing hits. He even dumped Zdeno Chara into the boards. (Chara is 6 ft. 9 in. and Ovy is about 6 feet.)
VANOC also had entertaining videos and little blurbs about Olympic hockey players and hockey during breaks in the action. On the scoreboard they played little clips and the crowd was always entertained.
It was a great show, but I was surprised when VANOC showed an item about Father David Bauer because they referred to him as David Bauer. They wrote David was the founder of the modern version of Team Canada. (Before he came along, an amateur club champion would represent Canada, not an all-star team of the country's best players, as is the case now.)
They mentioned that David Bauer taught at UBC, but not St. Mark's College. They mentioned that he was a player, builder, and hockey pioneer, but nowhere did they mention that David Bauer was, in fact, Father David Bauer. This, despite the fact that his famous hockey accomplishments happened after he was ordained to the priesthood.
It looked like VANOC tried to remove the Father from Father David Bauer. This is shameful because Father Bauer passed on in 1988 and I couldn't help thinking about what Father Bauer would say if he were alive. He certainly wouldn't try to erase from history his Catholicism.
If he was alive, he would certainly be in the top tier of VIPs, and VANOC would be gushing just to have him around. Then, you can guarantee that Mr. John Furlong and company would be giving him proper respect by calling him Father Bauer. Not trying to sweep his faith into VANOC's "memory hole."
Here's a story about Father Bauer written by Joseph Gloria in last year's B.C. Catholic.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Malin for posting this! Father Bauer certainly deserves the respect.

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