“In what is SURELY to be one of the finest of today’s April Fools Day cons, the mischievous South Melbourne Priest, Father Bob McGuire, has announced the launch of his “Drive-thru Confessional”. That’s right — a confessional for the guilty on-the-go.
Terry Brown at the Herald-Sun
Sinful drivers can repent on the run with the opening today of Australia’s first drive-through confessional.
The pray-as-you-go service is to become slicker, with a sin-selection board to be installed by Easter and a smartphone app on the way, the Herald Sun reported.
South Melbourne Catholic priest Fr Bob McGuire said yesterday that the move brought the church up to speed with modern life.= display_ad('x18', 'hidden-xs hidden-md mm_incontent', 'MM In Content'); ?>= display_ad('x20', 'visible-xs mm_mob_incontent', 'MM In Content (Mobile)'); ?>
The 60-second car wash for the soul includes a symbolically refreshing spray of rose water.
A flashing green light will signal when a driver’s sins have been forgiven. “When you’re driving out you’ll be clean as a whistle,” Fr McGuire said.
From 6.30am, sinners will repent at a mobile unit dubbed the Hopemobile in the St Peter and Paul’s church driveway, confessing, for instance, to three No.7s and a No.4.
While I suspect the larrikin Father Bob is having a laugh, we all have something to confess. And there’s something therapeutic about confessing to our sins. I own a Justin Bieber CD. I ate the last Tim Tam and blamed it on your mother. I kissed someone at my work Christmas party last year. I kissed someone at YOUR partner’s work Christmas party last year.
So think of today’s post as an online confessional. Here’s your chance to anonymously spill the beans. Sing like a canary. Blab.”