I have read (I think somewhere on this site) of the Coptic Orthodox being able to make their confessions via telephone simply because the environment in Egypt is very dangerous for Coptic Christians even to be seen walking about. I don't know if that is the case. I would imagine that there are cases, even here in America, where phone confessions were absolutely necessary. It should not become a rule, but only exercised in cases of emergency.
But really, this phenomenon should not come as a huge surprise as many other christian "churches" have drive-thru communion and video consecrations. Could one do a baptism over the phone?
About the egypt thingy !. Nope its not so dangerous to that extent but there are several occasions where people were killed, i live in egypt . I go to church in the night and early mornign , i take a long walk there and i could see people lookign at me and they are very normal. But i wont deny that some people look with disgust , but most of them are fine . BUT
Monks in egypt are at great risk ! , they have been attacked by barbarianns and their " praying areas " ( i dunno wht ar ethey called in english ) were destroyed and burned
and the police never helped them
Also recently , on the 7th of january
. After they took the holy communion they left the church and then a car drove by and shot them dead
they wer about 5 who died , aged rangin from 10-25 But those people who died are known as martyrs now
this even was a tragedy
there are many more ! you could go to youtube and see
look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSZz2QspyuA
it is in arabic but you could see the other videos and read their titles , and you could see alot of facebook gropups "stop killing christian egyptians "
But again its exaggurating to say that no coptic goes down and walk in the street!
Our churches are all over the country , its a blessed country and even Lord Jesus Christ said so and im very proud !