Lady Asks a Priest to Do Her a Favor at the Airport
One can be honest and still cleverly deceptive, as in the story below, but is there a gray area for being honestly deceitful and would a person have to pay a price for that?A very distinguished lady was on a plane arriving from Switzerland. She found herself seated next to a kind looking priest.
After a few minutes of hesitation, she turned to him and said: "Excuse me, Father, could I ask a favor?"
"Of course, my child. What can I do for you?" he replied.
"Here is the problem. I bought myself a sophisticated new hair remover gadget for which I paid an enormous sum of money. I have really gone over the declaration limits and I am worried that they will confiscate it at customs," she said, looking terribly guilty.
"Do you think you could hide it under your cassock?"
The priest was amiable as ever, and after she showed him the item was really exactly as she described, replied, "Of course I could, my child, but you must realize that I can not lie."
"You have such an honest face Father, I am sure they will not ask you any questions," she said, and she gave him the hair remover.
The aircraft arrived at its destination as scheduled and when the priest presented himself to the airport customs, he was asked, "Father, do you have anything to declare?"
"From the top of my head to my sash, I have nothing to declare, my son," he replied, truthfully.
Finding this reply strange, the customs officer asked, "And from the sash down, what do you have?"
The priest held up both hands and honestly replied,
"I have there a marvelous little instrument designed for use by women, but which has never been used."
Breaking out in laughter, the customs officer said, "Go ahead, Father. Next!"
Well, he didn't lie, even though he omitted the truth! What do you think? Share it with your friends and see what their reaction is.
A priest that hasn't come off as people lately is Pope Francis. His previous statements about homosexuality having no place in the Catholic Church and likening abortion to hiring hitmen has raised some eyebrows.
According to AFP News, the Pope was concerned that being gay was seen as "fashionable" but the consecrated lifestyle had no space for these kinds of proclivities, hence Catholic priests are meant to remain celibate, to begin with.
The Pope's controversial comments on abortion also sparked outrage as he stated that the procedure should never be condoned, even if the fetus is gravely sick or not expected to live.
At a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference on May 25, the 82-year-old Pope said that doctors should instead support families to carry such pregnancies to term.