Tuesday, December 22, 2009

British people are so eccentric...

I know!  Americans can be rather weird too.
That said, an Anglican priest in the UK is encouraging the poor to shop lift.  'So what' you say?  The poor  may get what they need/want by shoplifting, but they will still have to make restitution!  There's no getting around it - you have to make restitution for what you steal - so why bother?  Silly priest... who better to know about such things though, eh?  Oh I'm just kidding... or am I Fr. __?
"Poor people who are desperate for cash have been advised to go forth and shoplift from major stores - by an Anglican priest.   The Rev Tim Jones said in his Sunday sermon that stealing from successful shops was preferable to burglary, robbery or prostitution."   - Priest outrages police by telling congregation: 'My advice to poor is to shoplift'
Evidently Anglicans do not have to study moral theology before being ordained.  The bright side of this story is that if he was a fat Franciscan, he could maybe be the new Friar Tuck.


  1. Tuck...rhymes with....pluck!

    What a moron that minister is - he is telling people to break one of the 10 Commandments!How irresponsible!

  2. +JMJ+

    Isn't there some Catholic theology lesson somewhere that says that a starving man may help himself to a
    rich man's loaf of bread?

    Yeah, I know it sounds Communist, and I can't remember the source.

    Yet we do have St. Basil the Great saying, "The bread in your box belongs to the hungry; the cloak in your closet belongs to the naked; the shoes you do not wear belong to the barefoot; the money in your vault belongs to the destitute . ."

    Not that I'm agreeing with the Anglican cleric or anything. I do think there's a difference between telling the rich to give of their surplus and telling to poor to take of that same surplus.

    "So what are you doing in this comments box, Enbrethiliel?"

    I'm waving hello to Terry, of course! (Hi!)

  3. Hi Angie!

    Hi Enbrethiliel - you are correct of course and I suppose the cleric had that in mind - I really just wanted an excuse to say British people are eccentric. LOL! As if I'm not.

  4. The Church is going to be sued by every major department store to cover "inventory losses" (potential and actual) This is an invitation to litigation. We don't live in the Middle Ages, this is all over the news, good bye Church money....just saying....I wonder how many days it will take the Church lawyer to make a call to this priest. Recantation or clarification(!) to be issued next week.....that's my American prediction.

  5. He's not a real priest. He's Anglican. I wonder if he'll come to visit when his parishioners get arrested for stealing.

  6. Notice how the article (at least the one I read)did not say he was an Anglican priest ...just that he was a priest.

  7. Being of English descent, that just sounds crazy!
    My relatives (now, mind you,of probably more Puritan-type mentality) would gasp at that kind of reasoning.
    Yet, the British are, yeah, eccentric...kinda.
    But this is "over the top", as they say.
    Being hungry and destitute is one thing.
    Being poor and avaricious is something else.
    I don't know who says this, but the poor can be more miserly and avaricious than the rich if they are not detached interiorly; the rich may not be attached to their wealth,at all, but someone who has little can be committing sins of greed and avarice interiorly.
    Just something to ponder.

  8. This is over the top - but I kind of get it - misguided as it is, Father. I just said Brits are eccentric to try and get someone to protest and rag on me... and yet no one has.. curious.


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