“Priests are all hypocrites,” Shelley declared one day.
“And how would you know that,” Byron replied, “since you never go to Mass?” Which was the truth. As a profound atheist, Shelley was in the habit of avoiding church services, while as a profound ironist, Byron attended as many as possible.
“I speak from personal Experience,” Shelley explained. “When I was young, our parish pastor was Meek, modest, self-effacing, and a gentle Friend to everyone in the community. But the moment he stepped up to the Pulpit, he became a completely different person. A vain, conceited, self-loving Narcissist. A pompous Ass who only spoke about Himself.”
“That is not surprising,” Byron said with a shrug.
“Not surprising!” Shelley cried. “He turned into a completely Different person!”
“Of course he did,” Byron said. “Doesn’t every priest have an altar ego?”
Copyright 2016 Matthew J Wells