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Can I go to Confession on the phone?

Question:

Can a priest hear your confession by telephone? People who are homebound or who live a long distance from the Church would benefit if that were possible. Lay ministers can bring communion to such people but cannot hear their confessions.

Answer:

It is not possible to receive the Sacrament of Penance through a telephone call. The Sacrament requires an act of judgment on the part of the priest, and the penitent must be actually present to accuse himself before his judge.

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