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Connecticut Woman Says She Stole Hundreds of Paintings to Prepare for Apocalypse

WATERBURY, Conn. — A 53-year-old Waterbury woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 150 paintings reportedly after God told her the end of the world is near.

Diane Catalani was arrested last year. According to court documents, Catalani told a psychologist that she hoarded what she stole to show God before the Apocalypse that there are still good people in the world.

The prosecutor says it’s clear that Catalani was suffering from mental illness at the time she stole the paintings.

I don’t know, you’d think God would have been able to see the paintings and incorporate their existence into his judgment. Then again, I think it’s obvious that prayer is pointless if God is omniscient, so what do I know?

There seems to be a spectrum for the clarity of your “personal relationship” with God. A feeling that God exists is par for the course, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is a little weird, receiving various bits of trivia for your TV show is crazy (but not mental hospital crazy), and being commanded to do something is a trip to the psych ward. The fuzzier your signal, the less crazy you are.

Categories: Religion
  1. DB
    April 30, 2008 at 3:34 am

    This was hilarious. Made my day. I can totally see her pleading with god before the end…


  2. Lina
    April 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Good point. Just goes to show that somewhere down deep even religious people know it’s all bullshit.

    /wishful thinking

    p.s. — holy crap. i’ve been transcribing hearings and markups on the side for my old company, and i’m sitting here typing one now. and the republicans are just completely contrarian. they oppose every decent idea, even when the reasons for their opposition contradict each other. this particular markup is about a bill that would give federal money to school districts for making capital improvements to their school buildings. and first the republicans argue it’s too expensive; then they argue it doesn’t give *enough* money to make a dent. then they ask that the davis-bacon prevailing wage laws be stripped from the bill, so that construction workers could be paid *less* than $7/hour thereby not “wasting billions of dollars”. then they suggest that schools receiving funding be forced to have morning prayers, etc. it just keeps getting more and more inane.

  3. April 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    They wouldn’t really be Republicans if they were arguing for coherent and legal changes, would they?

  4. Fate
    May 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I love when the courts rule that religion is insanity. There was an article on Slashdot about how 23% of the US believes in ghosts. In the comments, which are always the best part of /. someone pointed out that it is closer to 100% since a large majority of the US believes in a religion with an invisible higher power. Me.. I just believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Russel’s Teapot, and the Invisible Pink Unicorn.

  1. May 2, 2008 at 6:36 am

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