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.
Wait, Wait makes fun of it, but I'm not as surprised about this service as they are. After all, I wrote about DailyConfession.com 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: