Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Coptic Pope bans phone confessions
"The head of the Coptic Church in Egypt, Pope Shenuda III, has banned confession conducted over the phone for fear that the phones might be monitored and that the confession might reach state security services, the Egyptian Daily News Egypt reported. "
I'm not sure how I feel about phone confessions in general, in view of confession being a sacrament and all.
One could argue that it be allowed in dire situations where the priest is unable to be physically present with the person undertaking confession. Any comments?