A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass. The pupils will mark their fingerprints every time they go to church over three years and if they attend 200 masses they will be freed from the obligation of having to pass an exam prior to their confirmation.

The pupils in the southern town of Gryfow Slaski told the daily they liked the idea and also the priest, Grzegorz Sowa, who invented it.

"This is comfortable. We don't have to stand in a line to get the priest's signature (confirming our presence at the mass) in our confirmation notebooks," said one pupil.

COMMENT: This is an excellent example of how the modern church should be embracing modern technology. However, I personally think that the priest should have gone for retina scanning. I know this is more expensive but the problem with electronic fingerprint readers is that they are easy to fool. I know from the movies that it is extremely common for bad people to chop a finger of a security guard or other employee, and use that dismembered digit to get into the bank vault or whatever. Certainly there are quite a few kids round my way would not think twice to such surgery on their weaker playmates if it meant they could get out of going to church or taking an examination. Of course, the children in Poland will be a lot more willing to resort to such bad behaviour because they are foreign.

And I also think the priest has overlooked a perfect opportunity for the enrichment of the bride of Christ. I mean, where is the cash option? Surely there should the facility for richer parents to pay a fixed sum so that their children can be fast tracked through confirmation without having to actually go to church or sit an exam. As it stand's the good father's system means that well off youngsters are being treated exactly the same as the children of unemployed people and cleaners etc. This makes a mockery of the capitalist system and stinks of the communism that Poland is supposed to have left behind. Where is the incentive to make obscene amounts of money by ripping off your former comrades if your children still have to queue up with the hoi polloi? And, more important, where's the profit for the church?

Thanks to Whiteycat for sending
this story in to MadPriest Towers.



  1. Agreed! The good father is doomed to celibacy as he could never make it as a GAF(fe)CON priest. Fr. Troll would never miss the cash opportunities.


  2. In all fairness, MP.
    The article is rather short and thin on detail. Perhaps the wise ‘Father’ has the scanner connected to the parents bank accounts, a one dollar fee for each scan! As the youngsters pointed out, they no longer have to stand in line to get signed off by the priest, this also means the priest has more free time to pay visit to the wealthier parishioners instead of personal contact with the snot nosed little, uh, er, angels working their way to confirmation. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, no quiz!! that means more people who pass to and through confirmation without ever really having to think about what that may mean to their lives, and preservs the tradition of confirmation, like so many baptisms, as an excuse for a party or hocus pocus magic spell of protection.

  3. I think there’s plenty of opportunity for capitalism to come into play. One ladm should make plaster casts of all the boys fingers, and scan the casts. He could charge a good fee for this service. And I’d like my cut please

  4. Our boy was dating a girl of rather fundagelical tendencies, and when she looked at religious colleges, so did he. These schools often make the students swipe their student ID cards on the way into the mandatory chapel, so that they can insure attendance. There are severe consequences if they don’t attend a certain number of services each week.

    The (former) girlfriend ended up in a “Christian College” that is Certified Fag-Free amongst its chapel services. Our boy is witnessing the decline of the California State University system first hand.