David Catalano, a 31 year-old Italian thief, prefers regular prison to the Santa Maria degli Angeli halfway house, a Sicilian rehabilitation community run by Capuchin monks. (h/t iDNES and DailyMail) The strict and ascetic life of the Friors Minor Capuchin frightened him more than four walls and bars.
Catalano had fled from the Friars’ iron grip twice. The first time was in November 2011, but he was soon caught and immediately returned to Santa Maria degli Angeli. He escaped again a few days ago, but this time he gave himself up at a Nicosia police station, begging not to be returned to the Capuchins. “Life with the monks can be pretty tough,” he reportedly said. “There are no mod cons and they are up early and go to bed early. There are no luxuries at the hostel and the monks run a very austere regime.’
I like the idea of criminals falling into the hands of fair but very strict folks who stick to their principles. Maybe I’ll notify the Department of Justice, but then again, this I’m guessing that this would likely be interpreted as unacceptable religious meddling in the affairs of state.