Seven Vices of Sporting Events

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward L. Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay on June 6, 2015. Fr. Looney has a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, is a member of the Mariological Society of America, and has researched and written extensively on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, recognized as the first and only approved Marian apparition in the United States. His most recent work is A Rosary Litany. To learn more visit: arosarylitany.com. Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author are his alone, and do not reflect those of his diocese. He seeks to always remain faithful to the Magisterium.

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  1. I really enjoyed your article. Living in Western Pennsylvania, I can relate to the craziness that ensues in the region during football season and how unfortunately Mass schedules cater to the NFL. Having just read, Happy are You Poor by Fr. Dubay, I also appreciated the discussion on stewardship and pondering how money and time spent on the NFL could be better spent somewhere else

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  3. Thank you. The blatant sinfulness that inundates modern professional spectator sports (besides the simple fact that the degree of obsession that so many men have with them is itself a form of idolatry) is the elephant in the living room when it comes to sports being the default “Catholic Men” thing.

  4. The photo is reminiscent of Packer glory days with Paul Hornung, Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and a Lambeau Field of Green Bay Packer stars playing against the Detroit Lions and Alex Karras on Thanksgiving Day.

  5. I’m a Packer fan since I was a small kid. The whole world was Green Bay. Now I am in the midst of mortification of vices and yes I have to regress from the game exactly because of the vices mentioned above. It is an occasion to sin. Occasion of sin leads to mortal sins. It takes focus away from God and spiritual awareness of what is good in the eyes of God and Our Lady Queen of Heaven. I have to go to a monastery in the middle of the desert away from any Wi-Fi to purge myself from Packer Fever! Prayer and Fasting! Better it be hear than in Purgitory!

  6. I agree with this article and this is what happens when God is taken out of anything. I will say, however, that to have a better understanding and perspective of sports, we need to acknowledge the virtues sports teach: hard work, humility, sportsmanship, teamwork, physical fitness and perseverance. I could go on. I think the negative often times over shadows the positive and we forget to look at such things. Our culture has an unhealthy imbalance in regards to putting sports in the place where God should be. I would argue, in this light, that sports in itself isn’t bad, but rather our abandonment of God in this arena which brings forth wrotten fruit within sports. Sports can be a great gift when tempered with our lord.

  7. Don’t FORGET IDOLATRY, which is a HUGE Omission given the other “sins” that are listed. I’d put IDOLATRY FIRST on the list.

  8. You are right on the mark! I’ve always thought this and you put it to words perfectly! I’m from the Philadelphia area, where Eagles fans are notoriously obnoxious, and so bad they had to put a jail in the stadium. Most fans waste vast amounts of their God-given resources on this form of entertainment. They’ll sit out in the freezing cold for hours watching a bunch of millionaires playing. Meanwhile, the local churches are closing due to low Mass attendance and pitiful financial support. This form of entertainment, just like others, are the devil’s subtle method of distracting otherwise decent people from what they should be doing with their resources. Very rare does this glorify God, which is what every activity should do. Deacon, you are going to make an awesome priest! Keep on preaching the Truth!

  9. The excessive amount of time spent on football has become ridiculous. It not only consumes entire weekends but now week nights. Football pools, fantasy football have invaded the work place. We were not created to be spectators. Any good thing can become bad when it is not done in moderation. The author’s points on gambling and lewdness are also right on point.

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