Rev Tim Jones, an Anglican priest in the UK, stated that people should turn to shoplifting
if they were having trouble making ends meet, rather than burglary or prostitution.
As might be imagined, he's taking a lot of flak over his sermon, from the police, the government, the church, and most everyone else.
The piece does not report his full sermon, but here's a part:
'My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift,' he told his stunned congregation at St Lawrence and St Hilda in York.
'I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither.
'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.