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On account of the high number of thefts, take care that your banknotes are down to the bottom of the boxes.

Some 40 years ago, the (mis)adventures of a ruined aristocratic and catholic family, forced to plunder the poor boxes of Paris churches, made a sarcastic script for an enthusiastic movie comedy (Un Drτle de paroissien in France, Heaven Sent in the UK, Light-Fingered George in the US) directed by Jean-Pierre Mocky. Believing he had received some sort of divine revelation, Georges Lachaunaye (played jubilantly by Bourvil) had to learn the tricks of the trade, with iron threads, tweezers... and even half-chewed toffees to get them soft and sticky, while avoiding to get caught the hand in the bag (figuratively speaking, at least!) by the cunning inspector Cucherat, of the Church Surveillance Brigade. Yes, that's true! ;-)

But now, such an innocent and whimsical treatment would be unthinkable.
The dire realities of everyday life for many people struggling for survive economically makes the fiction look tame. The end doesn't matter since one lacks the means...

Besides, who cares about sin anymore?

« St. Philippe du Roule church »

Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster and if you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes into you...
Friedrich Nietzsche

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