Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Moral? Amoral? A Story

A priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 25 years in
the parish. A leading local Republican conservative politician and
member of the congregation was chosen to make the presentation and
give a little speech at the dinner. He was delayed, so the priest
decided to say his own few words while they waited.

"I got my first impression of the parish from the first confession I
heard here. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The
very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen a
television set and, when questioned by the police, was able to lie his
way out of it. He had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from
his employer, had an affair with his boss's wife, taken illegal drugs,
and gave VD to his sister. I was appalled. But as the days went on I
knew that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to
a fine parish full of good and loving people."

Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of
apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation
and gave his talk "I'll never forget the first day our parish priest
arrived," said the politician. "In fact, I had the honor of being the
first person to go to him for confession."


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