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  • Confusion About Confession App


    A Catholic bishop has approved Confession: A Roman Catholic App, to allow Catholic iPhone users examine their consciences before seeing a priest. Though there's a clear explanation in the app's download page, and Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Indiana in the USA explained that it cannot replace the actual Sacrament of Reconciliation, some news accounts suggested you could "confess by iPhone." The Vatican's press secretary released an official statement today confirming that "one cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone."

    The developer, Patrick Leinen of developer Little iApps, said that he wrote the app "to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology." He claims it has already helped one person come back to the church after 20 years away. It's designed to be used in the confessional, as an aid to people who were not raised in the Church's traditions or have forgotten them after a long absence. For example, it prompts the user for the correct response when the priest says "give thanks to the Lord for he is good," which is to say "For his mercy endures forever." The app also walks the user through questions about actions that are contrary to the teachings of the Church, organized using the Ten Commandments.

    Despite the fact that the app's iTunes page explains that "it does not and can not take the place of confessing before a validly ordained Roman Catholic priest in a Confessional, in person, either face to face, or behind the screen," there were some reports that the Bishop's imprimatur meant you could receive absolution using this app. When Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said that the app is "by no means a substitute for the sacrament," this was also mixed up, with headlines like "Vatican bans Confession via iPhone." However, Father Lombardi clearly explained in his statement that "in a world in which many people use computer support for reading and reflection, digital technology can be useful in the preparation for confession."

    In addition to the many mistaken reports, there was also some inevitable snickering by some commentators about using the app's categorizing of sins as a "to-do list." You don't have to share the dev's beliefs, of course, but it doesn't hurt anybody to be a little respectful. This seems to be a well-intentioned effort to help Catholics connect with their tradition. Confession: A Roman Catholic App is $1.99 on the iOS App Store.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Confusion About Confession App started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 220 Comments
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      ^+1

      $1.99? You would think this would be free if it was sponsored by the Catholic Church and is trying to help people take the steps of repentance
    1. rj5570's Avatar
      rj5570 -
      In your last paragraph, when you say "to help Catholics connect with their tradition." It should be Tradition with a capital "T". Just an fyi. Thank you for writing this. I was going to blog on this my own. I have not downloaded the app yet, but I thought it was great that someone wrote such an app to help with the examination of consciences. I am going to check this out, and I may recommend this app to iPhone users in our RCIA (I am a team member)to help with their first confession.

      Thank you for clearing this up for the non Catholics out there, I have seen some of the headlines and have just been shaking my head. lol

      May God bless you and keep you.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      ^+1

      $1.99? You would think this would be free if it was sponsored by the Catholic Church and is trying to help people take the steps of repentance
      Are you suggesting that the Catholic Church isn't interested in money? On what planet?
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Sits back, grabs popcorn, and waits for this thread to EXPLODE!!! Its about religion/faith, you know it will.....
    1. bigorangekitty's Avatar
      bigorangekitty -
      Damn I was really hoping I didn't have to go to confession at church on Sunday and have to explain my actions and sin. Sorry IHOP and glutony, you'll have to wait another week. :-P
    1. rj5570's Avatar
      rj5570 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      ^+1

      $1.99? You would think this would be free if it was sponsored by the Catholic Church and is trying to help people take the steps of repentance
      part of the proceeds are being donated to Catholic charities per Little iApp.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      ^+1

      $1.99? You would think this would be free if it was sponsored by the Catholic Church and is trying to help people take the steps of repentance
      this is NOT in anyway sponsored by the roman catholic church. the pope himself did not give his blessings for some schmoe dev to make money off the church and it's beliefs. i agree that it should be free with suggested donations (but im sure the dev is a F***ing athiest!)
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      ^+1

      $1.99? You would think this would be free if it was sponsored by the Catholic Church and is trying to help people take the steps of repentance
      Well they are bankrupt.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      FYI:
      Where'd the commandment go about worshipping idols???
      And the 3rd commandment isn't Remember To Keep Holy the SABBATH,
      that's the 4th!!!
      Just an FYI
    1. turdsmoka's Avatar
      turdsmoka -
      Quote Originally Posted by rj5570 View Post
      In your last paragraph, when you say "to help Catholics connect with their tradition." It should be Tradition with a capital "T". Just an fyi. Thank you for writing this. I was going to blog on this my own. I have not downloaded the app yet, but I thought it was great that someone wrote such an app to help with the examination of consciences. I am going to check this out, and I may recommend this app to iPhone users in our RCIA (I am a team member)to help with their first confession.

      Thank you for clearing this up for the non Catholics out there, I have seen some of the headlines and have just been shaking my head. lol

      May God bless you and keep you.

      There are many kinds of geeks.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      That's all the want is money.
    1. Truckerbear's Avatar
      Truckerbear -
      Wow all I can say is wow. Its strange to me also they are charging for this but to think that the religion isn't about money making is crazy.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Truckerbear View Post
      Wow all I can say is wow. Its strange to me also they are charging for this but to think that the religion isn't about money making is crazy.
      Then why are all the churches millions of dollars in debt? Sorry but your theory doesn't fit reality. And why do they use wine? Why don't they just go cheap and use grape juice? Why are the cathedrals adorned? Why do the priests have robes in many different colors for different parts of the year? Why? Doesn't sound like it's to save or make money to me.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Then why are all the churches millions of dollars in debt? Sorry but your theory doesn't fit reality. And why do they use wine? Why don't they just go cheap and use grape juice? Why are the cathedrals adorned? Why do the priests have robes in many different colors for different parts of the year? Why? Doesn't sound like it's to save or make money to me.
      oh you must be catholic.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Snozberries View Post
      oh you must be catholic.
      So? Doesn't change the fact of who's wrong. To think that is a strong logical fallacy. Why don't you tell me where I'm wrong in the post above?
    1. rj5570's Avatar
      rj5570 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      FYI:
      Where'd the commandment go about worshipping idols???
      And the 3rd commandment isn't Remember To Keep Holy the SABBATH,
      that's the 4th!!!
      Just an FYI


      Actually, its correct; straight from the Catholic Catechism (and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 and Exodus 20:2-17)

      The Ten Commandments

      Just an FYI I think you are thinking of the NIV, which changes the order. It is a Catholic app. The NIV does not have an Imprimatur and is not used in teaching of the Catholic faith.

      There is nothing wrong with using the NIV, but the app is a Catholic app and does have an Imprimatur. So it will list the 10 commandments as they are in the Catholic publication of the Bible, and since its an American Bishop that gave the Imprimatur, it will follow the New American Bible sanctioned by the USCCB

      For you non Catholics, or ones that do not remember. An Imprimatur is a seal that states that there are no Heresies (teachings that go against the Catholic faith) and lets Catholics know that what they are reading is the Truth and true teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      So? Doesn't change the fact of who's wrong. To think that is a strong logical fallacy. Why don't you tell me where I'm wrong in the post above?
      The entire Catholic Church is not bankrupt.

      A quick Google search shows only mentions of a handful of U.S. Diocese
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      The entire Catholic Church is not bankrupt.

      A quick Google search shows only mentions of a handful of U.S. Diocese
      A Google search? :l
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Well why don't you try prove that the Catholic Church is bankrupt so? Hmmm?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Well why don't you try prove that the Catholic Church is bankrupt so? Hmmm?
      My church is in the hole over 2,000,000 dollars last I checked. An organization meant for money-making should be optimized FOR money-making. Using wine instead of grape juice isn't exactly cost-effective. And you don't see churches cutting costs by selling the adornments or using juice either. I know if I were a business I sure would! Why are you guys bent on saying it's for money-making anyway? I don't say that Baptists are meant for some ulterior motive, I just don't believe in everything they teach. And one guy trying to make money off of an app doesn't prove much.