Roman Catholic Church To Offer Green Confession Booth
|By Michael d'Estries in Green Living | August 30, 2007|
Forget saying three Hail Marys or five Our Fathers to absolve yourself of sins. How about three cold baths or a vegetarian diet for a week?
Thanks to a new “green confession booth” from the Roman Catholic Church, you can now confess your “eco-sins” and make right with the environment. It is truly as bizarre and amusing as it sounds. From the article,
“Dom Anthony Sutch, a Benedictine monk, will be at Waveney Greenpeace festival in Suffolk, England, this weekend to hear eco-confessions, in what is thought to be the first dedicated priestly confessional booth of its kind.
Vested in a green vestment-style garment made from recycled curtains, and in a booth constructed of recycled doors, he will hear the sins 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.”
Love it, right? Father Sutch explained his idea behind the booth saying,
“‘It is not, I hope, blasphemous to do this, he said. ‘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 know the Pope has now set up his own airline, but I am told the Vatican will be planting trees every time it flies. I do think the way we treat our environment is important.
‘There is a huge amount of greed in the West. We have to be aware of the consequences of how we live.’”
What are some of the penances Father Sutch recommends?
- For boiling electric kettles filled with too much water: Three cold baths.
- For eating imported strawberries: A vegetarian diet of local food for a week.
- For traveling too much by plane and car: Pedal a bicycle-powered generator for a rock band for one gig.
- For using expensive makeup made from the products of protected and rare animal species: wear recycled curtains as a dress to a dinner party.
- For drinking non-Fair Trade coffee: make your own acorn coffee and drink nothing but that for a week.