View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Good thing he wasn't upset by his penance

A priest in Germany got a surprise during confession when a man not only declared his sins, but also handed over a machine gun and a hand grenade Tuesday.

The man also gave the priest a box with a clown’s face and the words ’Red Nose Day March 26, 2004’ on it. In the box were 34 cartridges of 7.65 mm caliber.

The priest turned over the weapons – and ammunition – to police.

Because of the seal of confession, however, he said he would not reveal the name of the man.

Police are investigating.

No word yet if it was the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

(Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

-- Monty Python, Monty Python and the Holy Grail


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