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Priest leads Uber Eats driver in confession

by Heather Preston
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

A priest in America led an Uber Eats delivery driver in confession on his doorstep after receiving the food he ordered. 

Father Dan Beeman of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Virginia received more than just his Chinese take away when the delivery man asked if the Catholic priest would take his confession.

In the Catholic faith it is necessary for the practice of confession to be done in person. 

In order to adapt to social distancing measures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic many Catholic churches have had to find creative ways to maintain this sacrament - with some hosting 'drive thru confessions' for their congregations.

"We believe Christ takes on flesh and so the church does too, so those can't be done over Skype, it has to be in person," Fr Beeman told Fox News.

The priest explained that he had ordered a chicken and broccoli dish from the online delivery service Uber Eats and that when it arrived the driver had asked if he could confess his sins to him. 

Posting about the event on social media afterwards, Beeman said: "Uber eats drops off food. I close door. Driver knocks again one minute later. I think he must have given me the wrong order. 'Are you a priest? A Catholic priest?'  - Yeah, this is the rectory. 'Well can I go to confession before you eat?' #UberConfess"

 

Beeman described it as an incredible opportunity: "Priests are to be available at all times for all people.

"It was a neat encounter."

He went on to say that the pandemic has highlighted what a blessing it is to meet together as the church and he hopes to get back to it very soon.
 

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