St Patrick was warned by church authorities to stop accepting bribes from wealthy women he converted, according to a new book.
The patron saint of Ireland was told he was bringing dishonour on the church through his dodgy dealings at the altar, ancient writings discovered during research for a medieval history book reveal.
Rob Vance, the author of Secret Sights II â€” Unknown Medieval Ireland, says the saint, who came to Ireland as a slave in the 5th century and eventually converted the country to Christianity, was reprimanded by the church and told to stop accepting expensive trinkets.
â€œHe was essentially accused of taking bribes,â€ said Vance. â€œHe would convert the women using stories of Jesus Christ and they would come back and leave jewels on the altar for him.
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