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Bishops set against online confession
New iPhone app 'can only be a guide' without a priestAn iPhone advertisement
- ucanews.com, reporter, Manila
- February 14, 2011
âThe nature of the sacrament is that confession should be a person to person dialogue between the penitent and the priest,â said Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, the conferenceâs media director.
He was reacting to confusion over several reports which suggest a new iPhone application called âConfession: A Roman Catholic Appâ will enable people to confess their sins online.
The application aims to help Catholics who havenât gone to confession keep track of their sins.
âHow can you gain absolution if there is no priest?â Monsignor Quitorio, said.
He said confessions should be made according to Canon Law.
âUnless itâs pastorally unavoidable, confessions should be made in a confessional box using procedure according to the sacraments,â the monsignor added.
âThe purpose of the application is just to help the faithful go about making a confession. Itâs not about confessing directly,â Monsignor Quitorio clarified.
Still, he said, itâs good that the issue has given the Church the opportunity to talk about confession.
âEvery misunderstanding is an opportunity for knowledgeâŚ. This is an opportunity for us to explain what confession is, particularly to the young,â he said.
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