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Confession automated?

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When I first heard about the Confessional phone line on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me's "Bluff the Listener" game, I thought that it had to be true.

"Bluff the Listener" is a segment on the NPR news quiz where each panel tells a ridiculous story, only one of which is true. This week both the contestant and I got it right: There is indeed a French phone line for automated Confessions.

Called "Le Fil du Seigneur" or "The Line of the Lord," the 46-cents-per-minute service has not gotten rave reviews from France's bishops, FOX News reports. No big surprise there.

Wait, Wait makes fun of it, but I'm not as surprised about this service as they are. After all, I wrote about a few years ago in U.S. Catholic. It seems the website is now down, but the creator had enough material to write a book from it.

For another silly look at automated Confession, check out this video: