It’s not exactly news, but the power of the Internet — and Facebook in particular — introduced me to a story that piqued my interest in a big way. A couple of friends posted this story in the past couple of days.
In January last year, an Italian thief who had been sentenced to time in a monastery to pay for his crimes escaped for a second time. Why? The Daily Mail explains:
A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life was too tough.
Thief David Catalano, 31, was sent to a Santa Maria degli Angeli community run by Capuchin monks in Sicily last November.
But he found their austere lifetstyle too tough to handle and soon escaped. After a short while on the run he was caught by police and sent back.
On Monday he fled for the second time in six weeks, only to swiftly turn himself in at a police station and beg officers to send him back to jail in the nearby town of Nicosia.
He told the stunned policemen: ‘Prison is better than being at that hostel run by monks.’
It reminds me of the old joke about the monk who entered a monastery in which monks could only say two words every 10 years.
After his first 10 years, Brother Rufus told his superiors: “Food bad.” Another 10 years past, and Rufus offered his two words: “Bed hard.” After completing 30 years in the monastery, Rufus has had enough. “I’m leaving.”
His superior used more than two words to respond, as was his right. “I’m not surprised,” he said. “All you’ve done since you got here is complain.”