UK    CATHOLICS TUNE IN FOR TELEVISION CONFESSIONS
A TV program called 'Confess', will encourage viewers to confess their sins on the air, has been criticised by the Church.
   The priest will offer spiritual help and advice, although those appearing will not be offered absolution.
   Monsignor Kieran Conry, the Catholic Church's spokesman in England and Wales, said: "If it is simply a bit of laugh then it is possibly going to cause offence, especially as it is touching on an intimate area: baring your soul to another."
   The Channel 4 program makers are billing the show - called Confess - as the modern alternative to the traditional, wooden confessional box and call on people to "share your sins, relieve your soul".
   A selection of confessions will be dealt with in the programme and one guest will appear in the studio to be given face-to-face guidance by youth minister Fr Dermott Donnelly.
   Fr Donnelly said said: "It will put a human face on the Church and it may encourage people to go and speak to their local pastor and minister."
   
Telegraph
29 May 00

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