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Monday, February 21, 2011

Is iPhone App on Confession a Blessing?...

The new iPhone application for preparing Catholics for Confession, named Confession: A Roman Catholic App, is getting a lot of press lately. Some reports have called it a change of times for the Church or mistakenly reported it as a new way of confessing sins in the comfort and privacy of the home.

However, the application is nothing more than an examination of conscious, which has for years been in use and available to the laity. Albeit, possibly not at the same level of dissemination potential as the iPhone, which gives the Church a way of reaching younger generations that may have fallen out of the practice of regularly visiting the confessional.

According to its Indiana-based producers, Little iApps LLC, the program is meant to give a "personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament" but the Vatican warned it is not a substitute for the real deal.

In his latest commentary, Fr. Robert Barron states that after the second Vatican Council, almost overnight, there was a drastic drop in the number of Catholics that took advantage of the sacrament of healing and reconciliation. However, confession didn’t go away. Instead, it went out of the confessional and into society at large. 

Hopefully, the new app can lead fallen away Catholics back to the sacrament...  

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