Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am a stealer of Catholic bread

The rumour has spread around my workplace, passing down the corridors of academia, whispered over afternoon cups of coffee. Steve Taylor is a stealer of Catholic bread.

Yesterday I forgot part of my lunch. Lettuce plucked from my garden was to garnish a tin of fish, to be spread over toast. Alas, in my haste to leave, I forgot the bread. (Those who know me will attest this is a repeated occurrence, but that is not the point of this story!)

My forgettfulness was realised at noon as I entered the staff common room. The space is shared with our ecumenical partners in theological education – Anglican and Catholic. In response to my groan of dismay, the only other staff person present kindly offered assistance. A loaf of frozen bread lives in the staff freezer. It is the property of a colleague down the hall, one who is always absent on a Monday. So by all means, grab a few pieces, leave a note, and replace the bread overnight.

It all seemed to good to be true.

Alas, it is too good to be true. The story has evolved and morphed. As it was passed down the corridors of academia. Steve Taylor, the Baptist from New Zealand, working for the Uniting College has been branded for life. Penance perhaps will be expected? 100 repetitions of the phrase,

“I am a stealer of Catholic bread.”

Posted by steve at 10:39 AM


  1. I take it the bread was quite tasty and hence settled your hunger? 🙂

    Comment by Ryan — May 11, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

  2. You do realise that you now have to eat the whole loaf, don’t you? 😉

    Comment by Paul — May 11, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

  3. Catholic bread. Australian subtitles. Are the basics of the culture being divided along sectarian lines?

    Comment by mark pierson — May 11, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

  4. Forgive us this day our daily bread…

    Comment by Duncan — May 11, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  5. he he he he 🙂

    Comment by anne — May 11, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

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