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Swedish pastor fined for fingering figs

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 16 Oct 2009, 11:20

Published: 16 Oct 2009 11:20 GMT+02:00

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The pastor showed remorse as the sentence was passed down, local newspaper Smålandsposten reports.

"Of course I regret my actions," the pastor said.

The owner of the shop in Småland in southern Sweden was able to witness the light-fingered pastor at work on a surveillance monitor.

He initially did not intend to report the pastor and instead came to an agreement that she would pay for the jar of figs and for other items stolen from the store, to a value of 1,500 kronor.

But the rumours began to circulate around the small Kronoberg community and even found the ear of the senior pastor in the parish and the bishop of the diocese.

The church officials subsequently urged the merciful shopkeeper to report the matter to the police.

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The pastor explained that her actions were compulsive obsessive and admitted to suffering from kleptomania, regretting that her anxiety expressed itself in such a way.

"I can only hope that people understand that God is greater than our human imperfections," the pastor told the newspaper.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:05 October 16, 2009 by jack sprat
Wow,...Figin Holy spirit!

Tryin to get up to see God in double quick time no doubt.

Spirits to get him high and the figs for added propulsion.
15:48 October 16, 2009 by occassional
Sounded a lot worse...
19:02 October 16, 2009 by izbz
Another one bite the dust!!!!! Lately the pastors seems to be super busy. Repent all ye pastors!!!! Definately this particular one went for the forbidden fruit....Come on, leave something for Eve
20:36 October 16, 2009 by zircon
Logical conclusion for stealing the figs is shame. Perfect.
22:52 October 16, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
If it was a catholic church priest it would be an alter boy and not a fig in the article :D
10:53 October 17, 2009 by Taketh
It's a she if you haven't noticed. Leave some for Adam I'd say. A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.
01:21 October 19, 2009 by maxbrando
SHE!!! How big are her figs? Dipped in cognac, too. Licking the cognac off her figs would be fun. The whole story sounds delicious.
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