In France, the young assistant pastors do not live in the main rectory; that is reserved for the Pastor and his housekeeper. One day the pastor invited his new young assistant pastor to have dinner at the rectory. While being served, the young pastor noticed how shapely and lovely the housekeeper was and
down deep in his heart he wondered if there was more
than just a professional
relationship between the pastor and the house- keeper.
After the meal was over, the middle-aged
pastor assured the young priest
that everything was purely professional... that she was the housekeeper and cook and that was
About a week later the housekeeper came to
the pastor and said, "Father, ever
since the new assistant came for dinner I have not been able to find the beautiful silver
gravy ladle. You don't suppose he
took it, do you?
The Pastor said, " Well, I doubt it, but
I'll write him a letter."
sat down and wrote, "Dear Father, I'm not saying you did take the gravy ladle and I'm not
saying you did not take the gravy
ladle. But the fact remains that it has been missing since you were here for
The young assistant received the letter,
and he answered it as follows:
"Dear Father Pastor, I'm not saying that you do sleep with the housekeeper and I'm not saying
that you do not sleep with the
housekeeper. But the fact remains that if you slept in your own bed you would find the