(OT) The confession :-)

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 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."
Moral: don't ever be late...
I could add that many politicians are lucky not to have confession in
Thai Buddhism.