Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The divine purpose of the iPhone is finally revealed to us...

The news that there is a new 'app' for the iPhone that allows users to make confession with a virtual priest over the internet, comes as no great surprise. Indeed, I am amazed that it has taken this long.

There will, I suppose, be those who condemn the idea of 'instant confession', and will see this as another step towards the breakdown of the Catholic Church. I'm on the opposite side of that particular argument. If the app is faithful to doctrine, and encourages individuals to ponder over the morality of their actions, it can only be a force for good.

It does list Acts of Contrition in English and Latin, it is approved by senior church figures in this country and in the US, and the words at the end of the confessional process carry an implicit invitation to visit a priest. And when you're done, you get a spiritual quotation from a saint, some of them female (and that's pretty radical for Catholics). For those Catholics far from home, or in places where professing your faith is potentially dangerous, this advance may well be very gratefully received.

And quirkily, it is in tune with the words of Pope Benedict XVI, urging Catholics to make good use of their presence in the digital world. Consider it done, your Holiness...

3 comments:

Caron said...

I'm not religious at all, but I agree with you that this is an app that has its uses.

I have a sneaking regard for the Confession thing. Something which makes you think about your behaviour and how it affects other people can't be bad.

Kathy said...

Now this is something I suggested tongue in cheek back in 1996, except it would have beem a voice menu system then. Press 1 for mortal sin and 2 for venial sin, etc. Confession is definitely good for the soul, though, said she as a practising RC (yes we all need plenty of pratice)

Kathy said...

This is something I suggested, tongue in cheek, back in 1996, except it would have been a voice menu sytem then. Press 1 for mortal sin, 2 for venial, etc. Confession is definitely good for the soul, said she as a practising RC (and I need lots of practice!)