A Catholic priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 25
years in the parish.
Stuperintendent LaBeaver, a member of the congregation, was chosen
to make a presentation and give a little speech at the dinner. He
was delayed, so the priest decided to say his own few words while
"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 was a habitual
liar who had embezzled money from his employer and, when questioned
by the accountants, was able to lie his way out of it. He had stolen money
from his family and friends, had affairs behind his wife's back, had taken
illegal drugs, abused alcohol, was a closet queen 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, Dr. LaBeaver 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
LaBeaver. "In fact, I had the honor of being the first one to go to
him in confession."