A Priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 35 years in the parish. Their district’s congressional representative, a long time member of the church, was chosen to make the presentation and to give a little speech at the dinner. Unfortunately he was delayed, so the Priest decided to say a few words while they waited:
“I got my first impression of this parish during 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, had sex with his boss’s 17 year old daughter on numerous occasions, taken illegal drugs, had several homosexual affairs, and gave VD to his sister-in-law.
“I was appalled that one person could do so many awful things. But as the days went on, I learned 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.”