We’ve all done it. Maybe you slip away for a weekend without alerting your family. Maybe you feign feeling poorly to add an extra day onto a vacation. Maybe you take a week-long cruise, and tell the members of your congregation you’re off on a spiritual retreat.
Ok, not too many of us have done that last one, but that is what Father Massimo Donghi, a Roman Catholic priest in the Italian village of Besana Brianza located near Milan told his flock of faithful followers before boarding Costa Concordia on its ill-fated cruise.
Little knowing that the eyes of the world would soon be scrutinizing the details surrounding his holiday, 41-year-old Donghi boarded Concordia in Civitavecchia along with several family members, according to a report in London’s Daily Mail. Apparently, parishioners discovered the clergyman’s deceit when Donghi’s niece posted a notice on her Facebook page that the family, including Uncle Massimo, had survived the accident and were safe.
So what did the good father do when asked about his apparent transgression? He stood his ground and let higher powers be the judge.
“You all have the story,” said Massimo. “There is nothing to add. I’m still a little shocked, but everyone who I was with is okay. I will explain everything to my parishioners when I get back to the church. I’m not bothered about what people say about me. God Bless. Good day.”
Of course, the most important thing is that everyone in the family was safe. And surely Donghi’s church members will forgive and forget, given the ordeal he underwent.