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Your 10 year old son Xavier is an recently appointed acolyte at the local Roman Catholic church and helps serve at the altar. At the end of the service the priest goes to the rear door to speak to the parishioners as they leave, usually getting polite comments on his sermon that aren't necessarily entirely true! On this day, however, he realises that he has left a copy baptismal certificate he'd promised to give to a family before they left and he hurries back to the vestry where he discovers your son and the other acolyte, Dominic aged 12, swigging the unused wine from the cruet rather than returning it to the bottle.
You hear the commotion as the priest bellows at Xavier and Dominic, and hear him telling them he'll be sacking them from the role. Returning to the back of the church, once he's handed over the certificate, he makes straight to you, demanding that you deal with Xavier and that he'll be speaking to Dominic's parents for them to punish him - they weren't at the service and you don't really know them.
Xavier appears in tears from the vestry and pleads not to be sacked from the acolyte role, claiming that Dominic had told him that this was the way they always cleaned up He does admit, however, that he was actually the one taking a swig as the priest burst in. The priest says he'll consider reinstating Xavier once he hears what punishment you have meted out, implying that he expects it to be fairly severe.
Back home, Xavier makes it clear that he does still want to be an acolyte but is less keen on the sort of punishment he knows the priest will expect - one that will make sitting down distinctly uncomfortable.
How do you proceed?