What do you get when you cross drive-thru with sinners? Author and Mamamia contributor Bec Sparrow writes:
“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 Reports:
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.
“Everybody drives past this place but no one comes in,” Fr McGuire said. ”Now they can stop at the window, open their window and confess their sins. Then I’ll reassure them that they’ll be right.”
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.
The seven cardinal sins – lust, gluttony, greed, laziness, wrath, envy and pride – will be numbered on a sign, Chinese menu-style.
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.
Fr McGuire said the coded response was meant to maintain confidentiality.
A more permanent set-up should be in place by Easter and Fr McGuire is hoping for a sponsor to cover set-up costs.”
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.”