The Church of Our Lady of St. Pity was the Catholic church of Laverstone, unusual in its age because it had survived the Reformation relatively intact. Father Williams generally knew his congregation by name and greeted them at the door. His sermons were modern and incisive – often satirical in his condemnation of the evils of society and he his faltering was seldom noticed so if there was a rare Sunday prompt from the direction of the choir (Short Henry, Long Tom and little Peter Pullman) it was not remarked upon.
Today's sermon was upon the evils of theft, since someone had stolen Father William's pushbike and he worked his way through the commandments trying to spot the guilty looks on the congregation's faces. He need not have worried, though. When he got to 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' he remembered where he'd left it.
Image: Adultery for Beginners