Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Koreans snub smart phone confessions

Bishops say new apps are no substitute for sacrament with priests

Koreans snub smart phone confessions
Confession: A Roman Catholic app for the iPhone
Stephen Hong, Seoul

February 11, 2011

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)

Computer applications like the recently released Confession App for iPhones “are not” and “cannot” be substitutes for the Catholic Confession, Korean bishops insist. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea issued a statement yesterday dismissing media reports that Catholics can now make Confession by the app. “The sacrament of penance requires personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor,” the statement said. Local media have aired a series of reports in recent days about the release of ‘Confession: A Roman Catholic App,’ which offers user tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament online, citing foreign press. Some of the reports have stated Catholics can make Confessions with the app. Headlines have included: “Confession by iPhone...approved by Catholic Church,” “Confession by smart phone app” and “Repent now with a smart phone.” The bishops say the reports are misleading. The app which is described as the “perfect aid for every penitent” is “not a tool that you can use to confess on your smart phone” but a tool to help Catholics prepare faithfully for Confession, they said. “Confession via telephone, email or smart phone applications cannot be made and will never be allowed, they stressed. According to the statement, the Confession app contains tips and guidelines on sacrament procedure as well as prayers for penance that the Church approved. The app also encourages users to understand their sins and visit their priest for absolution. Related report iPad missal proposal stirs debate in Korea KO13244.1640

Related Reports

Want more stories like this?
Sign up to receive UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters (You can select one or more)
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters
You can select one or more
First Cut
Morning Daily
(Morning Daily)
Full Bulletin
Afternoon Daily
(Afternoon Daily)