Tuesday, February 8, 2011
iConfess -- To My PHONE???
Greetings, Coffee Talkers!
Today's topic came not in the form of a question, but more as a command from my friend Christina, who had this to say:
Now, there are apparently a number of other confession-related iPhone apps, but the one I've mentioned here is the only one to have received an imprimatur. This is not to say that the others necessarily contain moral error -- just that they have not been formally approved by the Catholic Church. I did come across one comically irreverent app, which definitely does contain some moral errors, but I'll admit that it still made me chuckle: http://www.confessionboothapp.com/
And in case there are some readers wondering why Catholics go to confession to priests, it comes from Jesus himself who gave this authority to his Apostles when he told them, "Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained" (John 20:23). Sure, most of us might have a personal preference for just confessing our sins directly to our iPhone, but since Jesus himself established the forgiveness of sins in a less expensive and more accessible way, I'll stick with it. (Besides, the iPhone doesn't have to abide by that 'seal of the confessional' business, so who knows who your phone'll be calling up and telling all of your dirt.)
In short, I'd say that both the sacrament itself and "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" are legit. So iPhone people, start downloading, and get confessing. And since I'm still iPhone-less myself, please let our Coffee Talk community know how you like it!
Peace and all good,Leslie