his 1st confession

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    A parish priest was being honored at a dinner on the twenty-fifth
    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, so the priest decided to say his own
    few words while they waited.

    "You will understand," he said, "the seal of the confessional,
    can never be broken. However, I got my first impressions of the
    parish from the first confession I heard here. I can only hint
    vaguely about this, but when I came here twenty-five years ago I
    thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. 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 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 full
    of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the
    presentation and give his talk.

    "I'll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived in this
    parish," said the politician. "In fact, I had the honor of being
    the first one to go to him in confession
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