‘Stressed’ Priest Does the Unthinkable to a Statue Of Jesus

We’re going to say this is somebody who just isn’t very good at his job

A French village priest who smashed a statue of Jesus in his church has blamed the stress and fatigue of his job for an act which shocked his congregation.

Jean-Jacques Le Roy, 55, a priest in Plestin-les-Greves in Brittany, shouted out “one less!” as he threw the statue to the ground last Thursday during a visit by a sacred art commission.

Vicar-general Gerard Nicole said Le Roy did not like the style of sculpture and local media said he had previously smashed a religious statue in front of a future married couple.

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However Le Roy said his act was not deliberate but that he had pushed the statue too hard while checking if it was properly attached to a wall.

“In our ministry, we are called upon from all directions, there aren’t many priests, there is a certain fatigue, irritation, stress, it all came together at that moment,” he told AFP.

He apologised to those present, but his congregation wrote a letter to the bishop to complain.

“We can understand that people are shocked,” said Nicole. “I don’t rule out a moment of difficulty, of distress.”

Nicole said that Le Roy had been summoned to explain himself to the local bishop.

Everybody’s a critic, sure, but in France they’ve got enough trouble with Muslim immigrants interested in destroying Christian icons. They really don’t need the Catholic clergy to join in.

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