The priest of a small village was very fond of his flock of ten hens and a cockerel.
He kept them in a hen house behind the parish, but one Saturday night, the cockerel was missing.
The priest, suspecting fowl play decided to say something about it at church the next morning.
At Mass, he asked the congregation, has anyone got a cock? To which all the men stood up.
“No,no,” he said, somewhat flustered, “that’s not what I meant. “Has anybody SEEN a cock?”
All the women stood up.
“No, no,” he said. “That’s not what I meant either. Has anyone seen a cock that doesn’t belong to them.”
Half the women stood up.
“No, no,” He said, now thoroughly embarrassed “Perhaps I should rephrase the question: Has anybody here seen MY cock?”
All the choirboys stood up.