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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An I-APP for Confession?

I don't have an I-phone or in I-pad so I'm not buying the I-APP for Confession, but the ad for it is just plain bizarre in my opinion. According to Bill Donohue of the Catholic League it's an examination of conscience and has an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Donohue says the media have been mis-characterizing it. (Wouldn't that be a surprise?) It's not phone-in confession and you can't get absolution without making a personal visit to the local padre. Phew! That clarification is sure a relief!

I can certainly see the value of tapping into the I-phone, I-pad craze. If you can get young people to think about the state of their souls and give them a push toward the confessional -- all the better. Nevertheless, what I see at the I-APP store makes me queasy. If you've downloaded the app, I'd love to hear your opinion of it. Is it really likely to help you make a holier confession? Or does it trivialize the sacrament?


timh said... said...

I do not have an iphone, but an ipod. I have downloaded it and I like it. I'm old enough to know that it will not give me absolution! Young people may get the impression that they can, although it definitely does not say that. It doesn't trivialize, but it does help keep ones sin's in a safe place (you can lock it), there is no chance you'll forget. It's not for everyone, and I'm not even sure I need it, but it does have a reasonable examination of conscience.

Anonymous said...

I downloaded it and it seems useful. Haven't actually been to confession with it.