Seven Catholic seminarians walk into a bar in Cardiff, Wales.
“Have you heard this one?” the Archdiocese of Cardiff joked on its website.
The pious party gathered to celebrate Father Peter McClaren’s ordination on Saturday. “Naturally they are dressed in their clerical shirts,” the archdiocese explained.
What happened next is straight out of a cheesy joke.
Staff at The City Arms pub mistakenly thought the group was a bachelor party and asked the priests to leave.
“On arrival, the bartender informed them that it was policy not to grant entry to fancy dress parties or stag ‘dos.’ Upon hearing this, our initial impression was that this was a joke until it became clear that this was not the case and he was in fact serious,” the church claimed, according to Wales Online. (A stag party is the British version of a bachelor party.)
“When we realised our mistake we quickly apologized to the priests, and thankfully they were all great sports and saw the funny side of the situation,” said Matt Morgan, assistant manager at The City Arms.
The pub kindly treated the priests to a round of drinks for their trouble.
“We’d like to thank ‘The City Arms’ for being good sports through all of this and their kind gesture to our seminarians — and please note a number of our clergy, including the Archbishop of Cardiff, frequent your bar so don’t turn any more out, please!” the archdiocese stated.
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