In Geneva, Switzerland, a court has finally wiped out an annual debt that farmers have had to pay the Catholic Church to atone for a crime that happened 655 YEARS AGO! The court ruled that the current farm owner no longer has to pay 70 Swiss francs ($76) each year because Swiss mortgage reforms in the mid-19th century made the practice invalid. The court sided with the landowner in a dispute with the church after he refused to make the annual payment for oil and candles. The payments had been a tradition since 1357, when a man named Konrad Mueller killed a man named Heinrich Stucki. To atone, Mueller promised to always pay to keep an eternal lamp lit.
What I find amazing is that the Swiss Catholic Church actually went to court over $76 bucks and somehow felt they were in the right! Guess they forgot all those verses about forgiveness! (myway.com)