All the I-Phone or I-Pad users, will be very aware of this or maybe not. But have you ever come across, this application http://www.confessionboothapp.com/.For those who have not, here’s a small inside of it, Apple has come out with a new application for I-Phone and I-Pad “CONFESSION BOOTH -Sinner or Saint“, to confess online, anytime from anywhere, just by installing the application which is just for $1.99.
Now what it has got as its features,
– You can rate anonymous confessions, just by clicking Sinner or Saint
– You can Submit your own anonymous confession
– Your confession will be rated by thousands and you can see via percentage what the world thinks about the SIN you committed.
Patrick Leinen, one of the developers and a co-founder of the company Little iApps says that, “There’s a reason we designed it for these mobile devices: We want you to go to confession,”.
The application was developed by Rev. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, who gave the developers the required advice and guidance. He mentions that, “As somebody who’s heard thousands of confessions, there are some people who get so scared coming in that they lose their train of thought and they’re not able to remember everything they planned to say.”
The text-based app takes the user through the Ten Commandments, with a slew of questions attached to each, a process known as an examination of conscience, which penitents undergo before confession.
Questions range from “Have I wished evil upon another person?” to “Have I used any method of contraception or artificial birth control in my marriage?” and users can check a box next to each sin they’ve committed.
Once that’s done, the app lists the user’s sins and displays a written act of contrition, a prayer recited by the penitent. From there, it lets a user know when a priest has granted absolution, and when the user should say “amen.”
But the Vatican weighed in as word of the app spread through Catholic circles. A church spokesman, the Rev. Frederico Lombardi, stressed that only a priest may hear confession, “This cannot be substituted by any computer application,” he said. “This must be emphasized to avoid misunderstandings. One cannot speak in any way of ‘confession by iPhone.“‘
He continued saying, ” iPhone application can help Catholics prepare for confession, but cannot substitute for the sacramental encounter between a penitent and a priest. It’s essential to understand that the sacrament of penance requires a personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor, and absolution by the confessor who is present,”
So lets make that clear. Very clear, that you cant confess through I-apps.
Now in a way, technology has really been playing a very great role in our daily lives, but so muhc, no had ever thought of. But good or bad, you decide, but it really has made peoples lives more easier.
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