Here is an article on the Catholicism of Joe Garagiola who was a Major League Baseball player and "Today Show" co-host.
He also recalled the long lines in front of "Father Lupo’s" confessional because the priest didn’t speak English.
Joking about being a "big venial sin guy" in the old days, Garagiola attended St. Ambrose School and St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis. He credited his seventh-grade teacher with his good penmanship on autographed baseballs.
One day, he said, while trying to get a laugh out of a nun in religion class, he answered the question "What was St. Paul’s vision on the way to Damascus?" by writing "20/20" and thought, "You’re a genius, Joe!"
Many times during his speech, Garagiola stressed that the lessons he learned from the nuns and priests in school remain with him today. For instance, he recalled a priest explaining to him that "it’s not easy to be a good Catholic, but the fact that you are a Catholic makes it easier to be strong."
Garagiola talked about his devotion to the Blessed Mother.
" If you ever want anything, go to the Mother," he said, adding that her month of May is his favorite month. He recited his favorite prayer, from childhood, called "To Our Lady," that begins "Lovely lady, dressed in blue." He said that when he dies he wants to hear Jesus say, "Yeah, my mother told me about you." [Source]
I liked the line about St. Paul’s vision on the road to Damascus and people going to confession to a priest that couldn’t understand them is also funny. Though I do wonder about the validity of Father Lupo’s confessions for those who did not share his native language. One of the requirements for a valid confession is to complete a penance assigned to you. The priest determines the penance based on the sins confessed and whether a mortal sin was confessed. If he was unable to understand the penitents confession he could not determine an appropriate penance. Another factor would be the contriteness of the penitent. If a priest believes that the person is not contrite or was holding back on the sins confesses then he has a duty to refuse absolution.