'My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift,' he told his stunned congregation at St Lawrence and St Hilda in York.I told him that if he ever stated something like this from the pulpit we would immediately shut down the sound system and would go up and demand repentance and recantation. If it were not forthcoming, we would physically escort him to his vehicle and force him off of the property.
'I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses, but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices.
'I would ask them not to take any more than they need. I offer the advice with a heavy heart. Let my words not be misrepresented as a simplistic call for people to shoplift.
This would occur not only because these statements are Marxist class division rhetoric and totally unbiblical, but also because his wife and family would make the church a bloody mess while tearing him a new one.