A bishop invited a young priest to dinner. During the meal, the priest
noticed some signs of intimacy between the bishop and his housekeeper. As
the priest was leaving, the bishop said to him quietly, "I can guess what
you are thinking, but really our relationship is strictly proper." A few
days later the housekeeper remarked to the bishop that a valuable antique
solid silver soup ladle was missing - since the young priest's visit - and
so she wondered if he might have taken it. "I doubt it, but I will ask him,"
said the bishop. So the bishop wrote to the priest: "Dear Father, I am not
saying that 'you did' take a solid silver ladle from my house, and I am not
saying that 'you did not' take a solid silver ladle from my house, but the
fact is that the ladle has been missing since your visit.." Duly, the bishop
received the young priest's reply, which read: "Your Excellency, I'm not
saying that 'you do' sleep with your housekeeper, and I'm not saying that
'you do not' sleep with your housekeeper, but the fact is that if you were
sleeping in your own bed, you would by now have found the ladle