He was delayed, however, and the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited. "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 had stolen a television set and when questioned by the police, he was able to lie his way out of it. He had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his employer, had an affair with his boss's wife, taken illegal drugs, and gave VD to his sister. I was appalled.
"But as the days went on I learned that my people were not all like that, and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish - full of good and loving people."