• Mar 27th 2007 at 7:32AM
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Oh God, can it get any worse than this? You've managed to arrange the purchase of one of your dream cars. The only one in the country as a matter of fact. You get it and find that it is everything you ever hoped for in a car. This Ford Fiesta 2000 ST has the 150 hp mill that will get you up to 130 mph and beyond when given enough space and time. This being Portugal, those times might not be as frequent as you'd hope, but you love to open it up whenever possible. You haven't kept it a secret that hitting 130 is an easily-achieved thrill that you've thanked God for helping you survive without fines. In fact, you also love to share the thrill with anybody who wants to tag along.

Now along comes a Portuguese group campaigning for safe roads and they've made you their poster boy. They have even asked the Vatican to encourage you to "resist the temptations of speed." Why get the Vatican involved? Because you are a priest, that's why. This is the story of one Father Antonio Rodrigues, Portugal's only Fiesta 2000 ST owner. He says he is "no speed freak," but he likes to be able to "arrive on time to the three parish churches." The association's website quotes part of their letter to the Pope: "We ask Your Holiness to help this unfortunate priest to ponder the gravity of his acts and the immodesty of his words and to resist the temptations of speed and boasting," As if that vow of chastity wasn't enough, now you've got to deal with this!

Thanks for the tip, AlienPharaoh!

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      People with too much time to spare, they usually come up with insanities and stupid things like that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How can this be the ONLY Ford Fiesta ST in Portugal when they are available in all Ford Showrooms?!

      • 8 Years Ago

      As a Catholic, I am appalled....at how STUPID this is. I was expecting to read about a priest who had bought himself a Ferrari or a Mercedes, but a Ford Fiesta? (No offense, Ford.) As a former Fiesta owner, I find this to be a bit overblown. When I was a kid, my parish priest had a new high level Buick every 2 or 3 years and a yacht...supposedly because his family was quite well off. Now THAT is/was a bit scandalous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is another example why religion is for the retarded with no common sense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well illigaly racing a Ford Festiva sure beats molesting child...

      Also, its really not hard to get a car up to 130 mph... I got a 1990 Mitsubish Eclipse with the 2.0 Naturaly asperated motor up to 133 driving from Milwaukee to Madison. In 2001 no less...
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is not true that there are only one Fiesta ST in Portugal...a friend of mine has one so...
      Portuguese ppl couldnt care less about religion...thats old ppl business! :D
      If Reuteurs wanted to do stand up comedy i think they choose the wrong place...
      Oh, this is all .......(u know)! i never eared about this until i read it here and i live in Portugal...strange...i think that if it was true someone would talked about...LOL

      #17-- u're right about Brazil...LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      "he gets no sex... and not he cant even get a car..."

      Lol. I mean it's a 150hp car for crying out loud. Does that mean he'd be committing an unforgivable sin if he drives a 240hp Camry? Some naysayers need to get off their legalistic highhorse.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I went to a Jesuit high school in Sacramento, CA where one of the priests had saved the marriage of a local car dealership owner. Every two years he got whatever car he wanted. This was the early 90s, Fr. Bill had a cherry red 300zx twin turbo, the lust of every guy on campus (I finally got my own a few years later).

      Nobody gave him a hard time (that I knew of), so how 'bout they lay off with the papal letter crap?
      • 8 Years Ago
      First, he is prohibited from nookie, now this!

      Damn, give the guy a break!

      • 8 Years Ago
      he gets no sex... and not he cant even get a car...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't they have bishops bless crankshafts?
      • 8 Years Ago
      @ MikeW, #14,

      ...only in Boston.

      Just kiddding. :)

      Seriously though, well done to the priest for his choice of transportation, and shame on the special interest group for their tactics.
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