A matter of semantricks

Two brothers bullied and terrorized the small town where they lived for years. One brother died and the surviving bully told the local priest to eulogize the deceased as saintly. The priest refused, and was found murdered that very night. The brother made the same request of the replacement priest. Knowing the fate that befell his predecessor, the replacement priest eulogized the deceased as follows:
“The man we bury today was a liar, a bully and a thief. But compared to his brother, he was a saint!”

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