13 Things You Should NEVER Say To A Priest

1. “So…did women not find you attractive or something?”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

How is a priest supposed to reply to this? It’s not like they were forced to be a priest because they couldn’t get married or were undesirable.

2. “I had the craziest dream during your homily.”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

LOL. Even if it’s true, keep it to yourself!

3. “You wouldn’t happen to know if the girl in the confessional before me is single?”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

Doesn’t it go without saying that when you’re in the line for confession, you be there for confession and nothing else? Come on men!

4. “You know, for a priest, you’re not that bad looking.”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

Why would you say that!?

5. “Must be nice to only have to work Sundays.”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

Hopefully most of us know that priests work some of the longest and most pain-filled days of anyone in the world. Imagine serving people only when there is a crisis or a moment of great joy – both of those tax an incredible amount of energy and stress!

6. “How much of that collection basket do you take home with you?”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

“Enough.” Most priest live well below the poverty income level. My priest used to tell me when he’d come over for dinner, “It’s nice to have something other than beans for a change.”

7. “Did you realize you forgot _____ in the Mass?”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

They might be reading from a Missal, but they aren’t perfect. Maybe give them a break?

 

8. “What do you do with all that free time you have?”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

“Pray for people like you!”

9. “You’re a prime example that God works through broken instruments.”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

“Yeah? What’s your excuse?”

10. “Why don’t you return my emails?”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

Seriously? Perhaps your priests doesn’t have the time to check emails. Perhaps they’re busy being priests.

11. “Father _____ did things differently.”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

Sometimes it’s best not to reply.

12. “Can you be sure to say _____ in your homily, I have (family, friends) coming with me.”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

Just let the priest say his homily. There are several hundreds of other people who bring friends and family to Mass. A better solution would be to pray that whatever is.

13. “When do you think you’ll retire?”

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

First, by “retire,” lets make sure we all know that priests never stop being priests, and even when they do retire from parish duties, they usually continue to support their diocese in baptisms, weddings, etc. Second, this “retirement” is typically the last thing a priests ever wants.

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