Supporters of Buxton priest Dennis Higgins have rallied to his defence, after he made controversial comments about Father Christmas.
Father Higgins has faced a backlash after it was revealed he told a group of seven-year-olds that Santa Claus ‘doesn’t exist’.
A Facebook page has now been set up entitled Support Father Higgins.
The page reads: “This page is being set up on behalf of Father Dennis Higgins who has dedicated his life to God and the Church. He has been a pillar of Buxton’s community.”
Sue Burkinshaw wrote on Facebook: “Father Higgins is in his 80’s, he’s a good and decent man, still working when he could have retired long ago bless him. Can’t see many parents working as hard as he does when they reach that age. Get a grip.”
Sheryl Anne Ellison added: “I know Father Dennis, he keeps it real in every sense, even with regard to the bible and gospel.”
“He is an honest, true, courageous man, who strives for justice, fairness and compassion.”
“I have nothing but respect for the man and I think those who spew bile should aim it in another direction, certainly not at him.”
“The school is catholic, Christmas is a christian festival celebrating the birth of Christ. If you send your kids - deal with it.”