Father Burns has defended his "symbolic action", saying it was a denunciation of the Israeli state, not an attack on the Jewish faith.
Fr Burns' defiance makes the Catholic church's apology, in Keeping Stock's considered opinion, a Clayton's apology, and an exercise in butt-covering - and that is not good enough.
Meanwhile, the same article reports that Police are "considering laying charges" against Fr Burns. Good show we say, but there surely isn't much to consider. A crime was committed, Fr Burns had 'fessed up; an open-and-shut case we would have thought. Apparently not. I'm sure Keeping Stock readers will remember "Megaphone Len" Richards, who assaulted protesters outside the 2007 Labour Party conference, in full view of police officers and tv cameras. Although Richards's anger problem was beamed into our living rooms, he has never, to our knowledge, been charged - perhaps the Police are still "considering laying charges"!! The NZ Police would be wise to observe that there has been a change of government, and make their decisions based on whether or not offences have been committed, not on the political affiliations of the alleged offender.