The Catholic church has this weird, one might say ghoulish, practice of preserving and displaying in churches the body parts of saints. Some believers ascribe miraculous powers to these relics.
Yesterday a bizarre robbery occurred in Dublin, Ireland in which thieves broke into a cathedral and stole the preserved heart of St. Laurence O’Toole, who lived in the 12th century and is patron saint of Dublin, and which had been displayed there since the 13th century.
I first became aware of this practice of preserving Catholic saint body parts fairly recently when a Catholic friend of mine gave as evidence for god the fact that the dead bodies of saints seemed to show no signs of decay. Intrigued, I looked into this question and found, as one might expect, nothing miraculous going on. As is usually the case with such claims, they are highly exaggerated in the telling and the small residual effects that remain when the hyperbole has been stripped away are amenable to perfectly natural explanations. Even the Catholic church no longer views the incorruptibility of bodies as evidence of sainthood.
But why steal this heart? The only reason I can think of is that this was done on a dare, probably after a few drinks, and that it will be returned intact once the perpetrators become sober again.