Vatican: fake priest caught
A bizarre case of identity fraud has surfaced in the Vatican: the Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, reports that a fake priest was caught in St Peter’s Basilica attempting to enter the confessional box. The 30-year-old man was subsequently sentenced in a special Vatican court. And, according to this morning’s papers, the sentencing judge discovered he was a serial offender. Gianluigi Marrone, one a handful of judges employed at the court, explained: “He had priest’s robes on but to the expert eye of our security staff he raised suspicions, He was acting strangely and so he was stopped and checked. He had an identity card which said he was a priest but a quick check established it was bogus. Investigations revealed that he had done the same in churches on Italian territory and so he was charged with usurping an ecclesiastical title.”
Funny, isn’t it? Surely he wanted to know what sins the people wanted to confess about.