Father D is not pleased to announce that lately there've been less births among the parishioners than he'd like. However, there IS a singular miracle - one woman in the blessed way - which soon has Father D butting heads with Mother Stephen in claiming divine credit for it.
Father D appoints Father Neil the official Catholic chaplain to the hospital to keep him active. Father Neil soon finds himself drawn into case where an elderly African man believes himself cursed and needs "the white witch doctor" to cure him.
As Christmas nears, Father Duddleswell enters into his annual period of being on his best and most charitable behavior. It's a grand opportunity for others like Father Neil and Mrs. Pring to test the limits of his temporarily sweet disposition.