Welcome back, intrepid Traddie travelers! Although today's game has elements similar to last week's, there are important differences. The whole family will have hours of fun teasing them out before rendering the guilty verdict and passing harsh sentence on a thief. Today's case is shorter than last week's, so now's the time to have one of the crumb-crushers read. For a refresher on how to play the game, see last week's post.
Ready? Let's get rolling with case #2:
Immediately after Sunday Mass, a rotating sede priest orders the chapel's coordinator to turn over to him the collection baskets (a practice theretofore unknown). Upon delivery, the sticky-fingered priest snatches sundry large bills and greedily stuffs them into his pocket without telling the lay coordinator how much he has taken. The stunned layman is too meek to protest. Several other lay people witness the misdeed and are gravely scandalized. Learning of the pilferage, many chapel members vow to curtail their weekly offerings.
In your deliberations, consider that in this case the priestly delinquent makes no attempt to diminish his culpability by shifting the moral burden to a layman, as last week's clerical miscreant did. Here the criminal priest engages in outright stealing. Will that difference influence your sentence? In considering the punishment, be sure to discuss the effect upon the chapel's social order when the priest's larcenous behavior was tolerated without grave moral sanction. For this case, you may decide whether the villain must make restitution. (Also you may pull off the road to ask a policeman or park ranger his opinion.)
AT THIS THIEVING PIECE OF FILTHY, CLERICAL TRASH SPAWNED BY THE VILEST SCUM OF THE LOWEST SOCIAL CLASS!