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From a Newsletter I received at work

Thou shll nt....?

Picture the scene.... a venerable priest sits in quiet contemplation in the confessional, awaiting his next parishioner, when a series of high pitched beeps shatter the silence. Glancing down at the mobile phone resting on his be cassocked knee, he sees that he has received a message, which begins "4gv me fthr 4 I hve snd.....". We have heard very recently from Stephen Heppell about the value of messaging, and you may have read about concerns over the use of txt-msgs in Englsh tchng. In the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops Conference have spoken (presumably they used conventional methods) and have banned the use of text-messaging for the making of confessions. According to the secretary general, Hernando Coronel, the practice of confessing by text had caught on quite recently, but it was "unacceptable". He added that Catholic priests are also now prohibited from granting absolution for a confessant's sins using email, text or fax.

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deeteeuk From: deeteeuk Date: June 30th, 2003 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Messages from God.

No, the Church has never allowed errors in translation to occur. I love the argument they use for the bible being infallible, even if it was compiled in the 2nd Century, by fallible men.

'If God hadn't wanted that in the bible, he wouldn't have allowed it to get in.....' Thus removing free will. Doh.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 30th, 2003 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Messages from God.

Don't bother trying to make sense of the Church - I don't. It just doesn't make sense. Hence the importance of faith all through the institution and its beliefs.
mimeticgel From: mimeticgel Date: June 30th, 2003 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Transaction Based Absolution

The church is not seeing the bigger picture. What they need to do is make the absolution a phone call to a premium rate number, owned by the church.

Taking this further they could allow online and phone answering versions..

“If you have a deadly sin to confess please press 6”

This way they cut-out the priest with some ordained piece of software (Church “Web” Service) and have a 24/7 high transition bandwidth confession and absolution service.

Even better they know who confesses and can check for the corresponding penance. Failure to pay the penance leads to no further absolution until all arrears are paid. Or worst still you get on the priority-spamming list.

The church can then measure in real time the relative SIN-Index of its flock and implement performance pay for its priests to get that index down.

You have had pay-pal now see preach-pal.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 30th, 2003 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Transaction Based Absolution

You so sound like a man with an MBA you know...
winterdrake From: winterdrake Date: June 30th, 2003 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Transaction Based Absolution

In pedantic mode...Shouldn't that be 'if you have a deadly sin to confess, press 7'...?

*ducks and runs for cover*
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