A Benedictine monk has been caught with around 230 pornographic films in his room in a monastery in western Germany.

The discovery was made after the monk was caught trying to steal four gay pornography DVDs from a sex shop in the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg in southern Germany.

After an assistant caught him stealing the films, the 49-year-old fled, throwing his loot in a rubbish bin before being caught by police.

The monk lives at the 900-year-old Maria Laach Abbey in Rhineland-Palatinate.