A teenager goes to confession, and after confessing to an affair with a girl is told by the priest that he can’t be forgiven unless he reveals who the girl is.
“I promised not to tell!” he says.
“Was it Mary Patricia, the butcher’s daughter?” the priest asks.
“No, and I said I wouldn’t tell.”
“Was it Mary Elizabeth, the printer’s daughter?”
“No, and I still won’t tell!”
“Was it Mary Francis, the baker’s daughter?”
“No,” says the boy.
‘Well, son,” says the priest, “I have no choice but to excommunicate you for six months.”
Outside, the boy’s friends ask what happened. “Well,” he says, “I got six months, but three good leads.”
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