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Priest introduces fingerprint check for kids at Mass

A parish priest in Poland makes kids who are preparing for their confirmation use an electronic fingerprint reader to prove their attendance at services.

There are those who believe that enterprise has no place in religion. They are, however, very few in number.

Churches must use every commercial means available to attract devotees, be it advertising, be it incentivizing, or be it the latest in electronic surveillance.

So may I indulge you in the story of Father Gregorz Sowa, a priest in the southwestern Polish town of Gryfow Slaski.

This is not a big place (just over 7,000 inhabitants) and no one terribly famous has ever come out of there to impact the world. However, it is a place, like so many in Poland, that still commits itself to the Catholic faith.

Gryfow Slaski, home of futuristic thinking. CC Zkvrev/Flickr

Commitment is a beautiful thing. So, according to Reuters, Sowa decided that it would be forward-thinking of him not to have to stand and sign in all the little children who are arriving for Mass. He would find an electronic means for them to prove they had attended.

So he placed an electronic fingerprint machine in the church for the kids to personally register their devoted presence. You see, these kids must attend Mass 200 times in order to skip an exam for their confirmation. They must. Those are the rules.

I know there might be some of you who would consider fingerprinting children along the lines of something a TSA operative might dream up during a vodka-fueled panic attack. But Poland's Catholic Church must ensure that those whom it confirms are people who will follow orders from those who have taken holy orders.

How better can children experience the joys of faith than by dedicating their very identities to a higher cause?

Oh, and I just thought it worth mentioning that in Polish, "Sowa" means "Owl".