Long story short: I was talking to some people after Mass (3 older folks) and the priest walks up to us to say hello. He was a visiting priest. I made small talk with him and then he zoned in on my lapel pin and patted it with his whole hand. I’m an adult female and the lapel pin is not up on my collar but down, on the lower lapel of my pea coat - - on my left chest. I just stood there, awkwardly and confused and the woman in the group looked at me oddly too. The priest made a flattering comment about me and then he started talking to the others in the group.
Should I be concerned? Forget the fact that he’s a priest for a minute - - I can’t imagine any person (male or female) reaching over and patting my chest. And considering I just met the man, I find it really odd behavior. Anyway, I can’t stop thinking about this because if he’s a pervert, I’m outraged by it (especially since I did nothing at the time) but if somehow it was innocent, then I feel guilty for thinking ill of him.
I’m not going to say anything to anyone so I’m not looking to get anyone in trouble. For my own peace of mind, I’d just like to hear what others’ opinions are. I’ve never experienced anything like this - - it’s not like he went to point at my pin and then accidentally tapped me. He used the whole surface of his hand. On the other hand, I keep asking why a pervert would do something in front of others . . .