Monday, September 18, 2006

Jealous Nun Shoots Priest for Seeing Another Woman

I really, really, really wish I were making this one up as a parody.

From ThisIsLondon:
A jealous nun appeared in court charged with threats to kill and an arson attack on a priest's house - after she caught him in bed with a married woman.

Sister Silvia Gomes De Sousa, 39, saw red and set fire to Father Carmelo Mantarro's house after she nabbed him 'in flagrante.'

The furious nun - who was also Father Carmelo's cleaner - was also armed with a machete and threatened to kill the priest before being restrained by passers by.

[…] The drama happened in the sleepy Italian village of Roccalumera near Messina on the island of Sicily and was the talk of the nation as it dominated TV and radio news programmes.

The saucy goings on were made even more interesting by father Carmelo's age - he is 70 years old - and is said to have been sleeping with both sister De Sousa and the other woman for several months.

[…] She told the hearing: "I just flipped when I came to the house and caught him in bed with another woman who is married.

"We had been together four years and I had even had two abortions because of him."

In a homily on June 29, 1972*, Pope Paul VI said “da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio,” which translates out to “through some fissure, the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” This is just one more example. The priest involved in the incident above, who is now 70, would have been in his 20’s and 30’s back in the 1960’s. That’s when a lot of really bad things started to happen in the Roman Catholic Church. Even though the Church is repairing the damage, the evils haven’t all been stamped out yet,.and will probably continue to plague the world for a few decades to come.

On the other hand, I have to ask my standard question. Why don’t these people just join the Episcopal Church? They could keep the high-Church ritual, and continue to live as they apparently do now.