Confession On The Go: Drive-Thru Confession Box
It's all about sin-relief on the go.
Ireland will play host to Pope Francis this weekend, marking almost forty years since a leader of the Roman Catholic church visited the European nation.
Alongside the half a million strong crowd expected to greet the Pope will be a giant and highly indiscreet drive-thru confession box, erected by bookmakers and serial pranksters Paddy Power.
The giant 13 metre x 12 metre x 26 metre structure is being touted by its creator as being "big enough to withstand the full spectrum of sin" allowing motorists to get "sin-free fast" and observe mass without any "Catholic guilt."
The "Ultimate Drive-Thru Confession Booth" also comes with a blazing slogan declaring you can "repent decades of sin in seconds", while a promotional video encourages Irish men and woman to transform themselves from a "sinner to a winner" before the "big man" gets here.
“Ireland has changed a lot since the last Pope’s visit – gay marriage is legal, we’ve repealed the Eighth Amendment, and even secretly cheered for England in the World Cup,” a Paddy Power spokesperson said.
“With decades worth of sins clocked up since then, we’re providing a convenient means to complete your contrition with your keys still in the ignition.”
Despite more than 78 percent of the population identifying as Roman Catholic in the country's most recent census, the Irish have started breaking away from the Church in more ways than one.
In 2015 Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote and earlier this year legalised abortions in a landslide referendum that saw thousands of Irish women return to their homeland to vote 'Yes'.
On Tuesday the Vatican announced the Pope would also be meeting with victims of clergy sexual abuse during his trip.
The released an unprecedented letter earlier this week breaking his silence on what he described as the "culture of death."
“We have realised that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,” the pope said, vowing to spare no effort in prevent abuse and its cover up.
Ireland is still reeling from a string of sexual abuse scandals related to the church, with the most recently allegations surrounding a top Vatican official who tried to pressure the country's former president into protecting incriminating church documents from authorities in 2003.
The Pope's visit will coincide specifically with the World Meeting of Families.
It's unclear how long Paddy's Drive-Thru Confessional will remain near the park where the Pope is expected to deliver mass.
However a Paddy's spokesperson assured: "if the Catholic hierarchy have anything they’d like to get off their chests too, they are more than welcome to take a spin through our mega drive-thru confession box while they’re here.”
Featured Image: Paddy Power.