Let’s Think Together
Bro. Cleb Calimutan
Golden Banner News Paper
Column Title: Let’s Think Together
Article Title: Confession by iPhone?!
Dater: February 25, 2011
We are walking now with electronic high ways as the words of the young people go to today. The world is now very advance in technology and the minds of the people have not rested to innovate something new. With this that we are surprised with electronic sacramental confessions introduced by new iPhone app :
“According to its U.S. producers, “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” is designed to help users prepare for confession through a “personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament.” The Indiana-based company, Little iApps LLC, says its app is the first to receive an imprimatur, or official permission for publication, from a Catholic bishop– in this case, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.”
But the answer of the question whether this electronic object can forgive sins the Vatican has a direct answer of “NO” Rev. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office. More over the news stated: the “Sacrament of Penance necessarily requires the relationship of personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor and absolution by the confessor present.”
“This cannot be substituted for by any information technology application,” he said.
The Vatican has cautiously embraced information technology and new media in recent years, but Pope Benedict XVI last month warned digital communication poses special dangers to Christian values and face-to-face relationships. As reported by Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service.
Jesus gave this power to his first clergies the Apostle that was handed down to the priests of this modern generation:
“The sins you forgive on earth they are forgiven in heaven.”( Jn.20:22-23)
The power of the words of the Lord never changed together with the process of forgiving, the Church maintain the mater and the form of the Sacrament for effective significance. One can prepare himself for a good confession in many ways but the ways of the Lord would never be changed for He changed not.