There’s this old priest who got sick of all the people in his parish who kept confessing to adultery.<>

One Sunday, in the pulpit, he said,<>

“If I hear one more person confess to adultery, I’ll quit!”<>

Well, everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word.<>

Someone who had committed adultery would say they had “fallen.”<>

This seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well until the priest died at a ripe old age.<>

About a week after the new priest arrived, he visited the mayor of the town and seemed very concerned.<>

The priest said,<>

“You have to do something about the sidewalks in town. When people come into the confessional, they keep talking about having fallen.”<>

The mayor started to laugh, realizing that no one had told the new priest about the code word.<>

Before the mayor could explain, the priest shook an accusing finger at the mayor and said,<>

“I don’t know what you’re laughing about, your wife fell three times this week.”<>

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