Seven Catholic priests walk into a pub in Cardiff and ….
They get told to remove themselves because a member of staff thinks they are on a stag do and are wearing clerical fancy dress.
According to this report, the seven seminarians, including Reverend Robert James, pictured above, found themselves barred from the City Arms last Saturday afternoon, despite protesting they weren’t in in priestly garb for a laugh.
But they received drinks on the house when the manager realised they were the real deal.
Matt Morgan of The City Arms told Wales Online:
When we realised our mistake we quickly apologised to the priests and thankfully they were all great sports and saw the funny side of the situation.
Our Rev James ale is one of our most popular beers so it was great to have a real-life Reverend James and his fellow priests enjoying a pint or two!
Father Michael Doyle said the seven went to the pub in Quay Street to celebrate the ordination of Father Peter McLaren at Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David near Queen Street.
The City Arms has a no fancy dress, no stag do policy.
Doyle said it was a double celebration because Fr McLaren was the second to be ordained to the priesthood in a week.
After the priests were beckoned back in, Fr Doyle said the group stayed in the pub most of the afternoon chatting to locals, and also discovered that one of them shares the name of one of Brains brewery’s most popular ales. He told the Press Association:
Reverent Rob James decided to buy the barman a drink and, of course, one of the Brains beers in Wales is the Reverend James, so the Reverend Robert James bought a Rev James for the barman.
The priests said:
All in all, the seminarians were both entertained by the whole affair and encouraged by the positive reaction of the local community prompted by the clerical collar. We look forward to future visits to the well-known establishment.
The Archdiocese of Cardiff added:
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 turf any more out please!