A priest's refusal to grant communion to a gay man has led to uproar in the Catholic south of the Netherlands. A multitude of gay men now look set to descend on Sunday mass in the city of Den Bosch.
By Eric van den Berg and Pieter Kottman
Prince Gijs might have been a wise and benevolent leader - but he is also a homosexual one. That alone was enough for his local church to refuse this atypical nobleman holy communion.
Prince Gijs is no ordinary royal. His reign only lasted three days and his realm extended no further than the borders of the small town of Reusel. Gijs, known in everyday life as Gijs Vermeulen, a 24-year old bartender, was his hometown's Prince of the Carnival. Every year, towns in the Netherland's Catholic south elect their own buffoonish royalty, an honour generally bestowed on the more festive members of the community.
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