Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Innocence." Sean O'Faolain

Review: Memory of a confession to a priest forty years ago when the narrator was a very young boy. An old priest in an old church heard his confession and the old priest groaned when the young boy told his sin. He had picked it out from a list of sins consulted before going to confession. He admitted to committing adultery—without having any idea what it was and the old priest only groaned and did not tell him what it was.
When he confessed his sin of adultery to another priest, a younger man, the priest assured him that he could not have committed that particular sin because one had to be married to commit it, and at seven years old, that was not possible. The younger priest asked the young boy to pray for him, said that he was a very good little boy and sent him away from the confessional filled with joy.

Short Story Masterpieces. Ed. RP Warren and A. Erskine. New York: Dell Books. 1954. "The

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