The Centre Daily Times reported the arrest of a homeless man, Stephen Shepard, 36 for possession of stolen property, a silver rosary, valued at $15, from Our Lady of Victory Church (“Man charged in State College rosary theft,” Sept. 27, CDT).
The public should be advised that such an action is not reflective of the Catholic faith and is contrary to the social teachings of the church and counter to social morality. The Gospel demonstrates the love of Christ for the poor and downtrodden and exposes the hypocrisy of the virtuous, self righteous. Catholic faith sees the person of Jesus in the poor, homeless and suffering. What is done to them is done to him.
Shepard should have been treated with mercy, understanding and support. That he was not so treated is a scandal.