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‘Judge orders priest to recite Psalms for parking illegally’

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 13, 2007 | 1:51 pm

From CNN:

A judge in southern Chile has sentenced a Catholic priest to recite psalms daily during three months as punishment for a traffic violation.

Judge Manuel Perez said he issued the unusual sentence after Father Jose Cornejo said he could not afford the 50,000-peso ($100) fine that would have been the regular sanction for illegal parking in the city of Puerto Montt.

“He will have to recite seven psalms from a book in the Old Testament,” Judge Perez told the Santiago daily La Tercera.

“This is not a sentence that just occurred to me,” he added.

“I did it as a tribute to Galileo Galilei, one of the greatest scientists of all time, who received a similar sentence from the Catholic Church during three years for saying the Earth rotates around the sun.”

(Hat tip: Affad)

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