A Brooklyn-based organiser has set up a phone line for guilt-racked New Yorkers who need to get a load off their chest. He has posted signs across the city reading: “Criminals: Blue collar, white collar, you have wronged people. It is to people that you must apologise, not to the state, not to God.”
Those who call the number are asked to confess their sins.
“I think forgiveness is a… powerful thing – and not everyone has an outlet for that,” the organiser, who requested anonymity, told the New York Post recently.
Callers are not asked to identify themselves, as the calls will be played to the public. The organiser stressed that the confessions would not make their way to law enforcement authorities or clergy.
“I think it’s important that people can use this service without repercussions,” the source said.
The project is based on the work of the late artist Allan Bridge, who set up a confessional in the 1980s. The Post got to hear a few of the anonymous confessions of New Yorkers, which fell within the range of carnal sins, relationship woes, and larceny.
One woman slept with her best friend’s boyfriend… “and she doesn’t know”, the woman said.
Another man apologised for yelling at a friend in his building.
One woman stole an item from a store, and cursed the clerk. “He never called the police. And I just want to say ‘sorry’.” – Daily Mail