A group of Franciscan monks furious at the theft of bibles from their church in Florence have taken the unusual step of praying for the thief to be struck down by diarrhea.
Monks at the 15th century church of San Salvatore al Monte, which was a favorite of Michelangelo, were irritated when a rare and expensive bible disappeared from the lectern, and they flew off the handle when a replacement bible donated by a worshiper also went missing and within a few hours.
In a note, pinned up in full view of worshipers, the monks say they hope the thief sees the error of his ways. But in case he does not, they add: “We pray to God that the thief is struck by a strong bout of the shits.”
This turn of events will, they hope, “encourage him to carry out no further thefts“.
Not your usual biblical punishment; but, it’s the thought that counts, eh?