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TO CONFESS PRESS ONE

The 'Line to the Lord' is a confession by automated pay-per-minute phone service.

The brainchild of Camille Hautier, a self-declared Catholic, The Line does not offer absolution for sins - that only a priest can provide. Rather, she says, "The idea is to confess sins which are not capital sins, but minor sins, directly to God".

Whether God is at the end of the line may be a matter of faith. Callers don't get the option of talking to a person, but instead are offered "an atmosphere of piety and reflection" where they can listen to prayer and music, and of course record a confession.

The softly spoken male voice on the line offers touch-tone options: "For advice on confessing, press one. To listen to some confessions, press three." And he warns, "In case of serious or mortal sins it is indispensable to confide in a priest".

You can have a listen to a recorded confession here. Even with rusty French it's very intriguing.


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