Feb 9, 2011 12:09 AM by Maddie Garrett

Need to Confess? There's an App for That

There seems to be an iPhone app for just about everything, and now there's even one for confessing your sins. It's called Confession and the Pope himself has given the application his blessing.

But is the new religious app really a good thing for the Church? We asked the Lafayette Diocese and Church members in Acadiana to find out what they thought.

"If it's like a diary where you can look at the good acts and the bad acts, it could be a good thing," said Phil Stutes, a member of the Catholic Church.

"I think it's a good thing, I think for people who do have a busy lifestyle," said Renee Jobert, also a Catholic Church member.

But others, like Renee Johns, said they think the application might distance people farther away from the Church.

"That's the whole point, is to go to the church, say your sins so you can go and get confession," said Johns. "But confession on your phone just takes away from the whole purpose of it."

No matter how you feel about it, the Confession App has the Catholic community talking.

"Don't know if people will try to use it to substitute for confession. I don't think that's right. But I think it will be an interesting thing," said Stutes.

Makers of the Confession App state that it's not trying to replace going to church. But instead draw people back in with features like examination, confession and prayers.

Father Curtis Mallet, Vicar General of the Diocese of Lafayette, downloaded the app himself.

"It's not a substitute for going to confession, that's all people should know, that it's a tool. And the usefulness of any tool is what I make out of it," explained Fr. Mallet.

Fr. Mallet sees many uses for the app, like tracking your sins and examinations of conscience based on age, sex and vocation .

"The whole thing is based on the fact that it's preparing you for confession," he said.

But he stresses, nothing can replace the personal act of confession.

"Confession is about a relationship, it's about a relationship with God, with Jesus and forgiveness. And it's not simply about checking boxes," said Fr. Mallet.

Catholic Bishops actually developed the Confession App and the Catholic Church has given the app it's stamp of approval. The Confession App is available on iTunes for $1.99.



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