Posted by: judy | February 9, 2011

Salvation via iPhone

New iPhone application:

“You can now wipe your slate clean with Confession: A Roman Catholic App, available through iTunes for $1.99.”


Father Edward L. Beck,

 ” I think this app may be a boon for the sacrament. While confession (or the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we professionals are wont to call it) may be on the decline, I can attest that it remains a powerful venue for grace and healing.”

The Vatican may disagree.

 “One may not speak in any sense of confessing via iPhone,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a statement on Wednesday (Feb. 9).

Lombardi continues: 

 the “Sacrament of Penance necessarily requires the relationship of personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor and absolution by the confessor present.”

1 John 2:1 clarifies the ‘relationship’:

“. . . And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

Hebrews 4:14-16 establishes who is our “confessor”:

“Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed throuh the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”


Is there a difference between the iPhone app and theRoman Catholic confessor (priest)? One is digital and one is a warm body — both aren’t Biblical.



  1. Good point and very succinctly put — an iphone is no more or less biblical than a “priest” standing in for the One True Mediator. I wonder who came up with that idea for an app!

    • Welcome, Marie.

      I suspect an errant priest. (-;


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