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Call-in confession.

What's your excuse for not going to confession: too busy, don't want to talk to a priest face-to-face? In France those excuses don't work now that you can phone your confessions in. A new service called The Line of the Lord was introduced in time for Lent by Catholics working for a Paris-based telephone messaging company.

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Users can get advice on confessing, confess, or listen to other confessions, but the service warns that "it is indispensable to confide in a priest" for serious or mortal sins, and only a priest can offer absolution.

The French bishops' conference does not approve of the 46-cent-a-minute service. "For the Catholic faithful, confession has a sacramental meaning and requires the real presence of a priest," they said, according to Agence France-Presse.

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Title Annotation:catholic tastes
Author:Sweas, Megan
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:May 1, 2010
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