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June 16, 2006

Catholic Humour.*

The issue of Catholic doctrine having come up at work, with words like "consubstantial" and "consubstantiation" being tossed about with reckless abandon, I turn to the machine and find that Castle Adjutant Barb has spammed me with this - that I must share:

There was an old priest who got sick of all the people in his parish who kept confessing to adultery.

One Sunday, in the pulpit, he said, "If I hear one more person confess to adultery, I'll quit!"

Well, everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word. Someone who had committed adultery would say they had "fallen".

This seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well, until the priest died at a ripe old age.

About a week after the new priest arrived, he visited the mayor of the town and seemed very concerned.

The priest said, "You have to do something about the sidewalks in town. When people come into the confessional, they keep talking about having fallen."

The mayor started to laugh, realizing that no one had told the new priest about the code word.

Before the mayor could explain, the priest shook an accusing finger at the mayor and said, "I don't know what you're laughing about, your wife fell three times this week."

SWWBO - I assure you the Sidewalks of Argghhh! are just fine!

Update: And, of course, this post generates *this* response - which indicates *why* Brab's [sic] joke was desperately needed:

Apropos of nothing in the consubstantial debate, consubstantiation is the Lutheran and Episcopal explanation of consecration of the sacred species. Catholics reject this and believe in transubstantiation which is a word created to describe bread and wine looking, feeling and tasting like bread and wine except they no longer are bread and wine. The appearance is the accident which hides, from our senses, the Body and Blood of Christ.

From the fury of the doctrinaire, deliver us, O Lord!

*Spelt in SWWBO-fashion.