Priest and Politician
A parish priest, Father O'Brien, was being honored at a dinner on the
25th anniversary of his arrival in that parish.
A leading local politician, who was a member of the congregation, was
chosen to make the presentation and give a little speech at the dinner,
but he was delayed in traffic.
Sooo.....Father O'Brien decides to say his own few words while they
await the politician's arrival......
"You will understand," he said, "the seal of the confessional, can never
be broken. What is confessed in there to me, is never repeated on the
outside. However, I got my first impressions of this parish from the
first confession I ever heard here.
Realize, please, that I can only hint vaguely about this, but when I
came here 25 years ago, I thought I had been assigned to a terrible
The very first chap who entered my confessional told me how he had
stolen a television set and, when stopped by the police, had almost
murdered the officer. Further, he told me he had embezzled money from
his place of business and had an affair with his boss's wife. I was
appalled. But as the days went on I knew that my people at this
congregation were not all like that, and I had, indeed come to, a fine
parish full of understanding and loving people."
Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived, apologized
for his tardiness and then started in on his speech.
"I want to thank you all for letting me say a few words this evening in
honor of Father O'Brien. 25 Years is a long time. In fact, when he
arrived here, I had the honor of being the first confession he heard at
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