"Bless me Father, for I have sinned.. I
have been with a loose woman."
The priest asks, "Is that you little Tommy Shauhnessy?"
"Yes, Father, it
"And, who was the woman you were with?"
"Surely I can't be tellin you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation."
"Well Tommy, I'm sure to find out sooner or later, so you may as well tell me
Was it Brenda O'Malley?"
"I cannot say Father.
"Was it Patricia Kelly?"
"I'll never tell."
"Was it Liz Shannon?"
"I'm sorry Father, but I can't name her."
"Was it Cathy Morgan?"
"My lips are sealed Father."
"Was it Fiona McDonald, then?"
"Please Father, I cannot tell you."
The priest sighs in frustration. "You're a steadfast lad, Tommy Shaughnessy, and
I admire that. But You've sinned, and you must atone for your ways. You cannot attend
church mass for three months. Be off with you now."
Tommy walks back to his pew.
His friend Sean slides over and whispers, "What'd you get?"
Tommy answers, "Three months vacation and five good