Yes, the old joke has a new twist, thanks to a safety ruling from the European Union. As a result of the EU’s Working at Heights Directive, four electricians had to be called in by Father Anthony Sutch to change bulbs at St. Benet’s Church in Beccles, Suffolk (UK).
This item from Reuters explains,
Because safety regulations deemed the church ceiling too high for a ladder, scaffolding had to be erected for a lengthy and costly replacement operation.
Could Father Sutch have done the job himself?
“When I was a young monk. I climbed up a ladder to have a look at something and two girls whistled and said what good legs I have. I haven’t climbed up a ladder since,” he told the Daily Mail.
The bulbs were located 40 feet above the congregation. In the end, the project took three days and cost more than 1,300 pounds (or approximately $2,300). From all accounts, Father Sutch’s legs maintained their sanctity.