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Can I go to Confession on the phone?


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.


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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