Thursday, January 11, 2007

Would-be Priest Preys On People Rather Than For Them!

In Brazil, Erivandro Ferrer de Lima posed as a priest, held mass and heard hundreds of confessions in order to sell phoney tickets to the credulous entitling them to get near to Pope Benedict on his scheduled trip to Brazil in May.

Apparently, Brazil has more Catholics than anywhere else in the world, and Lima sold tickets to them for 175 reais ($81.78) in cash and another 375 reais ($175) in installments for the possibility of "getting close and touching" the Pope, said Police Inspector Rosicleide de Castro.

It is understood that Lima faces a lengthy period in prison. Had he been a real priest, however, and prayed for people rather than preyed on them, there would have been no difference to his claims that he brought people nearer to God than to the Pope; both sets of claims would have been completely fraudulent!

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