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Church bells must be rung later

Tuesday 17 March 2009

A long-running dispute between a Tilburg priest and local people about church bells is set to end after the city council has ruled the bells can only be rung after 7.30am.

Until now, priest Harm Schilder rang the bells at 7.15am to summon people to early mass, much to the fury of people living close to the Margarita Maria church.

In 2007, Schilder was told he faced a €5,000 fine if he continued to ring the bells in the early morning. He claimed the right to call the faithful to prayer is part of the religious freedom.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

What's the big deal on the church bell ringing? It's the voice of Shepherd calling you back on His flock. Don't give in Fr. Schilder, God has your back.

By Brutus | 17 March 2009 11:45 PM

So 7.15 am was too early, but 7.30 is okay? It seems to me 7.30 am is still early morning too, especially on Sundays. As to "Brutus", the big deal is that there are a lot of people who want to enjoy their Sunday rest. And even a lot of people who do go to church on Sunday wouldn't want to start that early.

By Keith Beker | 21 March 2009 7:07 AM

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