May 17, 2006

Thou shalt not steal. Sort of.

If you are hungry, and cannot afford food, taking it isn't stealing. You are just correcting an oversight on the part of the owner of the bread, who should have given it to you upon hearing of your plight.

Socialist claptrap? Not exactly. This was helpfully explained by Danneels, a Belgian cardinal. And this isn't really new. Bishop Muskens said the same thing publicly 10 years ago ( and after all, it is part of the catholic moral teachings.

This goes to show how malleable religion really is. There are few things in the bible that are easy to interpret, but the ten commandments do seem to be rather straightforward. Apparently not.


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