The Roman Catholic Church is at hand with a new line in “green confessions” to help eco-sinners to find forgiveness.
Dom Anthony Sutch, the Benedictine monk who resigned as head of Downside School to become a parish priest in Suffolk, will be at the county’s Waveney Greenpeace [That explains it.] festival this weekend to hear eco-confessions in what is thought to be the first dedicated confessional booth of its kind.
Vested in a green chasuble-style garment made from recycled curtains, and in a booth constructed of recycled doors, [Which is different from typical liberal vestments and churches how exactly?] he will hear the sins of of those who have not recycled the things they ought to have done and who have consumed the things they ought not to have done.
He told The Times: “It is not, I hope, blasphemous to do this. I do not think it is. It is just an attempt to make people conscious of the way they live. The Church is aware of green issues and of how aware we have to be of how we treat the environment.
“I’ve had one or two comments about abuse of the confessional. One or two people have said, ‘Father, is this quite right?’
I wonder why...
Hey, I have an idea:
How about they reinforce the need for real confession?
I await the time when the Church will need to define the heresy of Environmental Fundamentalism.