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A priest was being honoured at his retirement dinner after 25 years in


the parish.


A leading local 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




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 to enter 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' wife, taken illegal


drugs and he had given 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 new priest arrived," said the


politician. "In fact, I had the honour of being the first one to go to


him in confession."





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