Monday, March 8, 2010

Telephone Confessions


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As reported March 1, 2010....



A pay telephone line for French Roman Catholics to confess their sins drew criticism from bishops on Monday.

"For advice on confessing, press one. To confess, press two. To listen to some confessions, press three," says a soothing male voice, welcoming the caller to "Le Fil du Seigneur", or "The Line of the Lord" service.

"In case of serious or mortal sins -- that is, sins that have cut you off from Christ our Lord, it is indispensable to confide in a priest," warns the 0.34 euros a minute service.

The Conference of French Bishops, which groups the country's Catholic leaders, warned in a statement that the line had "no approval from the Catholic Church in France."

The site was set up this month at the beginning of the Christian fasting period of Lent by a group of Catholics working for AABAS, a small Paris company that provides telephone messaging services, its creator told AFP.

It does not offer absolution for sins, which only a priest can provide, said the creator, Camille, who asked for her second name not be cited because she had received threats about the service.

"The idea is to confess sins which are not capital sins, but minor sins, directly to God," she said, adding that the line received about 300 calls in its first week.

Callers do not talk to a person but are offered an "atmosphere of piety and reflection," where they can listen to prayers, music and other people's confessions and can opt to record their own.

The bishops said telephone services had a role to play in lending an ear to the aged, isolated or those with disabilities, but "it is unacceptable to allow confusion over the notion of confession," they added.

"For the Catholic faithful, confession has a sacramental meaning and requires the real presence of a priest."

Camille said part of the money received for the calls goes to charity. The service costs 0.34 euros (0.46 dollars) a minute plus a connection charge for mobile phones, though a cheaper non-charity line costs 0.12 euros.

The line says on its website that it aims to encourage youngsters to confess at a time when church attendance is "in free-fall."


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26 comments:

Melanie's Randomness said...

Okay so now I've heard everything. A telephone confessional??? Are you serious?? Are people really that lazy now...

blueviolet said...

This is one of those things that leaves me speechless.

You seem to have a knack for that actually!

Salt said...

What's next? Text message confessions? Standard texting rates apply!!!

This is all kinds of stupid.

SabinePsynopsis said...

This story made my day! I was honestly laughing tears and had to read the story out loud again. THANK YOU!!!

bananas. said...

I would never use that line but i am tempted to listen to other people's confessions. Ha!

Happy (ugh) monday.

Iva said...

how about a blog with comment confessions? I'm literally speechless.

Hope you had a fab weekend drollgirl! BACK TO MONDAY! ACK!

E said...

How terribly disturbing.

Ela said...

Why don't you just text your confessions? Nothing says "I'm sorry" like a $0.50 phone call.

Happy Monday, Drollstar :)

Christina In Wonderland said...

Dude. That's just fucked up. And people wonder why I'm agnostic. :/

Annie said...

this is just crazy!!!

p.s. hope you had a great weekend hun! :)

Jill said...

Lapsed Catholic here...

diane said...

I have to confess, that's really stupid.

TERI REES WANG said...

Why cannot we not all "dial in" a confession? It sounds good. It sounds necessary. Think of all those corporate whores, who have done some one else over, ignored their families, and sabotaged a co-worker.
This is the modern age, of movers and shakers and reality TV shows. Hell, even the original MTV's the Real World, had a video confessional, and the rest followed suit. We need the new "confession" App on our iPhone, too!

Do religious consuls communicate via e-mail?

frenchie said...

you gotta give thumbs up to the marketing dude who came up with that! that's so f***ed up it's brilliant!

Melissa Blake said...

Ummm, wow. Not even too sure what to say about this. It was inevitable?

Missy said...

WoW! This is just amazing! Why not text them straight to the Big Guy...

Kitty Stampede said...

WTFFFF! Wowzers. Some people are Fudged..jumpings.

L. said...

I already think confessions are a cop-out and do not make you a good person, and this just supports my beliefs!

But seriously...LMAOOOOO!!

Caroline said...

Seriously??? People are dumb...

Asylum Dolly said...

Pfffft! This is hilarious!

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

this reminds me of what my sil said about people's tendency to do anything just to be pardoned for their guilt. either that or the heart's hardened such that there's no remorse to want to make any confession.

miriam said...

yeez, this is mad!

Andhari said...

This is CRAZY. Some things should just be left sacred and traditional :(

Haute World said...

Hmmm, if this is a French thing, maybe I should call for a laugh... and press 3, because I'm really curious which confessions they'd allow people to listen to. And I wonder how many of those 300 calls in the first week were prank calls? Because the French don't strike me as overly religious. The only people you see in most of the churches here are tourists wanting to photograph something...

Vivienne said...

Hello...? God...?
Can you hear me now...?

Just. So. Wrong. (and I'm pretty sure so NOT how God would like us to bring our sins abd worries before Him...)

Miami Motorcycle Rental said...

I'm not outraged by this at all. Not to offend anybody, but I justfind it too funny to be upsetting.