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‘Confession’ iPhone App Gets Blessing

From a bemused Reuters:

Bless me iPhone for I have sinned

Mon Feb 7, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An iPhone app aimed at helping Catholics through confession and encouraging lapsed followers back to the faith has been sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the United States.

Confession: A Roman Catholic app, thought to be the first to be approved by a church authority, walks Catholics through the sacrament and contains what the company behind the program describes as a "personalized examination of conscience for each user".

"Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Patrick Leinen of the three-man company Little iApps, based in South Bend, Indiana…

The firm said the content of the app was developed with the help of Reverend Thomas Weinandy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Indiana.

The app is not designed to replace going to confession but to help Catholics through the act, which generally involves admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth. Catholics still must go to a priest for absolution


You would think the big guy would be online by now.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “‘Confession’ iPhone App Gets Blessing”

  1. Flession says:

    Catholic Perspective:

    Sooo…we can’t get absolved for our sins, which is the entire point of confession…and we still have to go to a priest to get the full absolution and confess to them our sins anyway, but this allows us to…confess our sins to the internet, where anyone can merely hack into this program and take it for their own viewing pleasure.

    Makes perfect sense to me.

    • Mithrandir says:

      You don’t need to go to a priest for absolution! A priest is a mere human correct? So what magic power does a HUMAN have to absolve you of anything? Explain this? Only God has this power, how in the world did a human get to decide what is forgivable or not?

      There is NO TRINITY. There is 1 God, and “Thou Shalln’t not Have Any God but Me.” Even Jesus told his followers to worship God the Father, not him. –remember the “Our Father” prayer? Jesus taught that.

      I WAS Catholic, until they couldn’t prove that all the things that they did were inspired by the Bible.
      ~Worshiping saints.
      ~Worshiping Mary.
      ~Stations of the Cross
      ~Rosary beads
      ~Brown/Green Scapulars
      ~Purgatory / Hell

      None of that is real. Just paying money so a priest can have a nicer car and clothes than you, and preach from a crystal podium, etc. You don’t need any of that garbage to worship God.

    • Flession says:

      Wow, didn’t expect someone trying a religious debate on this subject, but since you bring it up…

      *cracks neck*

      There’s this book in the Catholic Faith called the Catechism. Essentially, it’s the rules and why we believe what it is we believe. (There’s a app for that, which I do have on my iPod) The people you asked while you were going thru your doubts obviously didn’t read it and assumed that we didn’t know why we:

      Worshiped Saints (We don’t worship them, we honor them and ask them to pray for us, and do our best to model our lives after these people who were generally good human beings. No other religion or faith or individual ever does that…ever. I guess you could be a hypocrite if you’ve ever prayed to a family member that has died and ask that they watch over your family.)
      Worship Mary (We don’t worship Mary, we honor and venerate her for being the Mother of Christ)
      Stations of the Cross (We reflect upon the final day of Christ, consider his actions up to the crucifixion and fully realize the significance of his sacrifice to save us. Basically, like watching Passion of the Christ every year during Lent. I believe that event was in the bible.)
      Rosary Beads (It’s praying…what, they don’t pray in the bible? Maybe they did that in the back somewhere…)
      Brown/Green Scapulars: (Like many things in the Faith, if it ain’t in the Catechism, whether or not you choose to wear one is your own personal decision)
      Purgatory/Hell: (http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/1031.htm as per the Catechism, it discusses where it is in the bible)
      Confession: (http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/1484.htm again, as per the Catechism. Even if that doesn’t sate your thirst, consider it a psychological thing that you always feel better confiding in someone your troubles, your feelings and they can respond with wisdom and to strengthen your bond within yourself and God.)

      None of that is real? Well, I pose to you that Bible isn’t real either!

      If I am wrong, then prove it!

      What’s that, you can’t? It’s a matter of faith?

      Damn right it is.

      We’ll see who’s right when we’re dead. Until then, if you are so easily swayed to lose your faith in the Church without doing a iota of personal research and soul searching, well, IMHO we’re better off without ya. At least canary came to her own conclusion thru her own personal conviction, which I can respect, albiet not agree with. According to your words, you sound like you asked a buncha random strangers if they knew every single detail of the Catechism, and if they didn’t know on the spot, well, that’s it, you’re quitting the faith!

      I could be wrong, of course, and it could be the rather large cynic in me that chooses to view your ‘crisis of faith’ in a similar fashion as a Leftist looking at George Bush’s military record(either he’s a draft dodger, or more research is needed), but it amuses me to view it like that, so I’ll keep this ball going.

      Also…I don’t recall giving my money to priests. The collection baskets, maybe, but I’m all for giving 10% to aid him. If the priest so decides to spend that money on a BMW, well, I’ll let God deal with him in the end. My father has a particular saying: “The road of hell is made with the heads of bishops”, because it’s always the leaders who get the blame when their flock goes astray.

    • JohnMG says:

      Nice job Flession. I’ve been down this road so many times it hardly seems worth the effort anymore. Lots of cafeteria Catholics out there, too.

      Nice to know I’m not the only one feeling as do you.

    • Flession says:

      Alas, that is true John. The only reason I know so much is that I was studying to become a priest.

  2. antihippy79 says:

    Flession…you obviously don’t use an iPhone or this app…but I do. It’s just a digital examination of conscience that helps you go through the 10 commandments one by one in detail before going to confession. It’s a useful exercise anyways. You can do that on paper or on a computer…what’s the difference? Also, anything that helps people recognize their failings and repent is ok in my book (and God’s it seems). The app also comes with about a dozen different prayers which is actually quite useful as well.

    • Flession says:

      I do have a iPod, but I have not looked thru it yet. What I only gathered from it was that it was a full-bloom confessional hall, but not. Seemed a waste of time to me.

      However, you do bring up a excellent point that it is could be useful to examine your conscious, so I’ll concede to your point in that regard. I’ll check it out later and see how it is.

  3. canary says:

    My perspective is to put it on paper and not in the cyber world.

    Considering if you forget to tell the Priest of a little venial sin, you come out with a big mortal sin on your soul, this may lengthen confession. When my church started letting laymen do confession and hand out communion, I said enough. We never read the bible in Catholic school even. I found out that in Mexico they wouldn’t allow it. Still may be the case.

    I am grateful for my Catholic upbringing as far as learning morals and being a Christian, but I’m non-denominational now.

    My personal advice is not to follow my footsteps with saying the Rosary before I could read. It started with ten Hail Mary’s when my fish died, so that God would take Precious to heaven. It grew and grew, and then there were the 2 entire sets of the rosary, when my dog didn’t come home. Little deal making, and she came home, so I was making lot’s of deals. Like adding sets if someone sick didn’t die.

    Nights were long, as you could imagine. Then when the church wanted me to tell some Joe my sins, I read the bible at 17, and I eventually, came to having to make a decision. The bible helped me deal with the guilt that I had to break the vows I made. And only God could forgive me. I spend as much time praying, but just not the repetitive counting my fingers or beads.

  4. untrainable says:

    Non-catholic perspective. What happens when your I-Phone runs out of memory?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The “Burn in Hell” app kicks in.

    • canary says:

      or you find out your Priest ran off with a married woman who left 4 children & a husband behind. That happened after I left the one liberal headed Catholic church. Everyone was arguing if the sacrament in our bodies was desecrated and wondered for how long. It’s not a problem I’ve of thought of. I believe
      He hears prayers to Saints, as I believe He hears everyone, and knows everyone’s heart. I believe all things are possible with God. I don’t believe Jesus meant for such division and arguing among Christians. Paul even said it was wrong for all the division. I think Christians sticking together is what God had in my mind. And I think Jesus Christ made the world a better place. And I think the Holy Spirit covers the world. And believing 3 in 1 shouldn’t get you murdered. It’s not like the Koran says kill Americans & Jews. It’s kill Christians and Jews. It makes no sense because muslims honor and worship and praise a man named Mohammad. What hypocrites. Jews don’t worship Jesus or Mohammad, so why do muslims hate the Jews?
      Peace out, and God Bless all of you. Let’s not argue.
      Let freedom ring.

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