Well, everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word. Someone who had committed adultery would say they had "fallen" so this seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well, until the priest died at a ripe old age.
About a week after the new priest arrives, he visited the mayor of the
town and seemed very concerned. The priest said "you have to do
something about the sidewalks in the town. When people come into the
confessional, they keep talking about having fallen".
started to laugh, realizing that no one had told the new priest about
the code word. Before the mayor could explain, the priest shook an
accusing finger at the mayor and said "I don't know what you're laughing
about because your wife fell three times this week.