It appears there has been a “marriage in heaven” between faith and technology. The Apple iPhone has a new “Confession” app, approved by the Roman Catholic church (this would probably akin to a hechsher in Judaism).
It appears that this virtual experience will allow a penitent to completely bypass the clergy. I asked a Catholic friend of mine his thoughts about the app, and this was his response:
Well, I think that anything that encourages Catholics to open themselves to the Grace afforded by Reconciliation is a good thing. I’m really surprised by this though. But since the apps purpose isn’t to provide Reconciliation, but only encourage and guide one through the process… I do think it should be free.
Now, as for the Sacrament of Reconciliation itself, I have 2 thoughts.
I don’t think that absolution comes through Reconciliation, only the Father can truly forgive us.
I do, however, think confession is good for the soul and it helps us as humans to have a counselor to help us acknowledge our faults. The penance that comes after Reconciliation gives us the means to be mindful of the times we have fallen short.
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