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Yorkshire vicar advises hard-pressed parishioners to shoplift -Times Online

“My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift,” he told the congregation. “I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither.
“I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices. I would ask them not to take any more than they need, for any longer than they need.
“I offer the advice with a heavy heart and wish society would recognise that bureaucratic ineptitude and systematic delay have created an invitation and incentive to crime for people struggling to cope.”
Arguing that society had failed the needy, the Rev Tim Jones, or Father Tim, as he styles himself in a nod to Rome, 41, continued: “My advice does not contradict the Bible’s Eighth Commandment because God’s love for the poor and despised outweighs the property rights of the rich. Let my words not be misrepresented as a simplistic call for people to shoplift.

I wonder if there is any lead on the roof of the Church of St Lawrence in York? I'm sure the Rev Dim Tim wouldn't object if I turn up in the Transit and strip a bit off, the C of E is a large wealthy national business after all.

Maybe he should study the Words of the Gospel of St Margret before blaming society for failing the needy:

I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand"I have a problem, it is the Government's job to cope with it!" or"I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!" "I am homeless, the Government must house me!" and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then also to help look after our neighbour and life is a reciprocal business and people have got the entitlements too much in mind without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.

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Exodus 20:15. (King James, of course)

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' I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses but from large national businesses....." '
The C of E is a large national business.

' I would ask them not to take any more than they need .... '
Don't steal the whole collection plate, or all the lead from the church roof.

I am sorry but where exactly does the Bible state that:

God’s love for the poor and despised outweighs the property rights of the rich.

For us Papists observing from the sidelines, the Anglican Church seems hell-bent on its own extinction.

Very puzzling.

I think this congregation would do well to ask for another to be their spiritual advisor. Advisor for the hood, maybe this one gets a job.

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