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Father Forgive Me For I Have Virtually Sinned

A confession box in Sant'Alessandro church in Milan, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto, February 17 2007.

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Well just when you think technology couldn’t improve our lives anymore, you come across this article (see link below). It appears the Catholic Church has signed off on a new iPhone app for Confessions that will allow those of us who are too busy to make confessions on the go. We can just imagine how this will help busy executives who simply don’t have time for confession.

“Mrs. Ah-Wiggins, please schedule me a meeting with the President for Tuesday and upload my confession for Wednesday.”

This sure would have helped Gina in her childhood. She hated going to confession. Of course, back then it was scary. You had to go into the box inside the velvet curtain. Gina was very nervous, and would often talk louder than required, something our brother was quick to point out when Gina met him back at the pew.

“And I shut the garage door on my brother’s leg, and swore at my sister…and,” recited our brother.

“How did you know that Bob? Could you hear me?” asked a horrified Gina.

“The whole church could hear you, you dummy!”

What do you think of this technological advance? Could virtual baptisms and marriages be on the horizon?

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7 Responses to Father Forgive Me For I Have Virtually Sinned

  1. Sharon February 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    And this is the same church which is stuck in the dark ages regarding ordination of women and a few other items???

  2. Maria February 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Oh great goodness! Well, that would really be great for me, as I am homeschooling while I am sick, and the folks at church are sneezing and snotting all over their hands right before sharing the “peace”. Lol! SEE – there is a confession already! Can you send that into the app for me? Lol, great info thanks for all that you do! We all need a laugh and some common sense – you provide both and more! Maria

  3. Robin Walker February 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    I think this is hysterical! I say, cut out the middle man, and go straight to God. He clearly knows what has taken place in our lives, He knows our thoughts before we do, let’s not complicate it.
    I grew up in a catholic family, went to catholic schools and when I married I didn’t marry at the church. When I went to give my confession to the priest after, he listened, then told me he couldn’t give me the sacrement because I was “living in sin”, as we didn’t marry through the church. I was stunned.
    My husband is my best friend. He has been by my side in good, bad, and in between. He is the best dad in the world. We love each other, we love our son. Our love is not sin.
    I am confident that God looks down on us and embraces what He sees.
    We have been through hell and back and I am certain I will see some hell again, but our love has carried us through. We certainly look battered and tired since our sinful marriage 23 years ago, but love has gotten us through.

  4. Debbie Stephens February 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Thank God I am not Catholic! There probably will soon be apps for weddings, baptisms and funerals! LOL

  5. Tricia February 10, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    I am Catholic and I think that it is ridiculous to let anyone hide behind a phone while confessing their sins, it’s almost like an afterthought now, and how can you really focus on the severity of your sins if you are not even reallly speaking with someone?

  6. Sharon February 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    I read yesterday that the Pope does NOT sanction this app–only the Catholic Church in America has given its OK. So, truly: “only in America”!

  7. Schmoopie February 12, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    That’s it! I could ask Steve to have a virtual Facebook Wedding someday. Hahahahah…
    Can you imagine? Then you could all attend the first virtual wedding. How cheap would that be! No shopping for dresses, heck our guests could wear their birthday suits for all we care (or could see). No traveling, anyone could be here wherever they are!

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