From THE FREE PRESS:
The pastor of a Catholic parish was completely undressed and told city police, "I like to drive around naked," after he was pulled over last week, according to the arresting officer's report. He was stopped at 11:18 p.m. on 2nd. August when another motorist had called 911 after noticing the priest was naked while driving north on Telegraph near Michigan Avenue.
Police said the priest's clothes were scattered across the inside of his 2002 Volkswagen Passat. He was allowed to get dressed before stepping out of the vehicle for sobriety tests, which he failed. The police report said officers detected a strong odor of alcohol in the vehicle and that the priest was unable to recite the alphabet correctly or count backward.
"I don't know what to say. I'm embarrassed," police quoted the 57-year-old as saying.
What sort of a "Land of the Free" is it where a man isn't allowed to drive around naked when he's hot? There are still tribes in the Amazonian Rain Forrest who refuse to wear clothes, are they arrested and subjected to on the spot literacy tests? No they are not! And as one correspondent reminded us in a comment on my original post on this incident,
"Who among us has never gone out for a naked drive before?"
However, much as I condemn the harassment of this man I also condemn the Roman Catholic Church for allowing people who cannot even recite the alphabet to become priests. It presents an extremely bad example to the young people of their congregations who are always looking for an excuse to bunk off school and hang around the mall. There are only twenty six letters in the alphabet, it doesn't take that long to learn them. And honestly, if you can count forwards, you can count backwards. The Pope needs to tighten up his denomination's selection criteria. Illiteracy is okay if you're just a Republican president of the United States, but in a parish priest it is not on.