A senior clergyman yesterday urged people not to steal after a priest used a sermon to advocate shoplifting in certain circumstances.
Father Tim Jones told parishioners at St Lawrence and St Hilda in York that stealing from large national chains was sometimes the best option many vulnerable people had.
He told the congregation: “My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift,” he said. However his remarks were not endorsed by the Venerable Richard Seed, Archdeacon of York.
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