Feeling Guilty? Need to Confess Your Sins? Just Call France and Leave a Message

03/03/2010 4:33 PM |

the seven deadly sins

Heh. French Catholic bishops are pretty pissed about a new phone service that offers people the chance to call in and confess their sins directly to God.

It’s called “Phoneline to the Lord” and if you call it, you’ll hear the following male voice: “For advice on confessing, press one. To confess, press two. To listen to some confessions, press three.” The voice goes on to warn: “In case of serious or mortal sins—that is, sins that have cut you off from Christ our Lord—it is essential to confide in a priest.” The service costs about 50 cents a minute and the Church ain’t happy: “For the Catholic faithful, confession has a sacramental meaning and requires the real presence of a priest, not a machine,” said a man in a funny hat.

No word yet on the expiatory legitimacy of a text message, but I sure as hell am going to try.