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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...
02-09-2011, 12:36 PM #1
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.
02-09-2011, 12:43 PM #2
$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
02-09-2011, 12:50 PM #3
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.
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02-09-2011, 12:52 PM #5
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02-09-2011, 12:52 PM #6
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
02-09-2011, 12:53 PM #7
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02-09-2011, 01:07 PM #8
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02-09-2011, 01:35 PM #10
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
02-09-2011, 01:36 PM #11
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02-09-2011, 01:39 PM #12
That's all the want is money.I like apple stuff.
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02-09-2011, 02:00 PM #13
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02-09-2011, 02:23 PM #17
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.
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02-09-2011, 02:31 PM #20
Well why don't you try prove that the Catholic Church is bankrupt so? Hmmm?