Discuss: Online Confession

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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that the Catholic church has approved an app for online confessions. Discuss here what you think about this move by the institution, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

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Justin


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#1
February 11, 2011 at 07:19:59
Hi to all those out there in this quiet discussion...I own up to not being religious,but I do think it is up to the church if they want an application for online confessions & if it succeeds then all is well...Also them putting an application online gives someone else work that had to make this application plus that has to look after this area of IT,hence they make money for work done that is hopefully well deserved...I did cast a vote and I voted "Yes"...

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#2
February 11, 2011 at 07:50:20
I cast a vote for No, simply because the church is charging a $1.99 and isn't the point of confession to go see an actual priest. This will cause problems with "Ive just committed [insert sin here] (whips out iPhone) there we go sin absolved!"

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#3
February 11, 2011 at 08:40:06
Seems a bit strange to me. Confessing something to a keyboard and VDU is a relatively simple thing to do. Doing it face to face is a different thing altogether. It seem to me to be like putting religion onto a conveyor belt. Lets make it easier for people to confess their sins and the more that do, the better job we are doing. Confession isn't supposed to be easy.

It is getting perilously close the the "indulgences" the Catholic Church were notorious for at one time.

Stuart


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#4
February 11, 2011 at 15:46:00
StuartS you should also have added this to the sentence Lets make it easier for people to confess their sins and the more that do, the better job we are doing AND WE MAKE MONEY IN THE PROCESS! I vote a resounding NO (not that I'm religious or even a Catholic for that matter).

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#5
February 11, 2011 at 18:45:25
I haven't seen it myself, but the initial reaction I heard was negative. It seemed to be cheapening repentance, making a game out of it, etc. But then people looked closer at it and found that it was a guide for self examination, and not meant to be a substitute for either real repentance of heart or reconciliation with others. It's there to help you sort through issues logically and see things more clearly.

Of course, it probably could be used as a poor substitute for the real thing. But then anything can be abused.


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#6
February 11, 2011 at 21:22:35
What will they think of next?

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#7
February 11, 2011 at 23:15:38
"...What will they think of next..."

... media Exorcism no that just would'nt be right.

... guess you could use it as a "release mechanism" just to point one in the right direction!

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#8
February 12, 2011 at 02:04:40
first thing ; the protocol of confessing is set to be "secret" (between you and the father ) , I see that new approch does nothing to do with the real confessing (if there is)

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#9
February 12, 2011 at 12:50:52
I was baptised a catholic in 1968 and it was not by my choice. I was raised to belive but to make my own decisoins. None were forced down my throat but many denominations where made available for me to attend while growing up. I have come to decide that I do not need a building with a steeple to practice religion. In my opinion, aided by keeping my mouth shut and listening in many different churches, these buildings are used to house hypocrits. In this respect I am not at all practicing any religion. I have however had it shoved down my throat that the church or religion is a NOT FOR PROFIT organization. I have never believed this. I understand that to make the online confession thing work there will be a set up cost for the church and I can see them wanting to recupe that but after that it is all clear profit for someone. Also who does this confession go to? Is it a priest or is it some sort of call center type place that just happens to have a bible on the premises? I am the type of person that believes once you have committed the act while you may be saved in gods eyes you are still guilty of the act.

Personally I think this is a joke and an attempt to greedily bilk the small minded out of their hard earned cash. This is just another in a long list of reasons I do not need a church in my life. Not many years ago I took a niece to her church for a presentation the kids were puting on and listened to the preacher tell the class that they should be leary of the internet as it was sent forth by satan to tempt them into sin.

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#10
February 14, 2011 at 05:25:29
This app is not being sold by the Catholic Church. This new app is not a replacement for confession. This app is a tool to help to do an examination of conscience before one goes to confession. An examination of conscience is simply an exercise to determine the good or bad intentions that inspires a persons thoughts, words, and actions.

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#11
February 14, 2011 at 07:13:38
examination of conscience is simply an exercise to determine the good or bad intentions that inspires a persons thoughts, words, and actions.

That is what is called introspection. Something I think we all do from time to time, you don't need any spiritual motivation to do it. I think a computer in these circumstances will just gets in the way and adds an unnecessary complication. If you need an external stimulus to indulge in a bit of introspection you are not doing it right.

As for the Ten Commandments, I have broken all but three of them at various times. How's that for an on-line confession?

Stuart


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#12
February 14, 2011 at 07:27:41
If your phone is a religious tool, now does that make viruses the devil?

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#13
February 14, 2011 at 08:44:56
Want to be baptised, circumsized, saved, or reborn???? Hey we've got an app for that.

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#14
February 14, 2011 at 08:45:35
Can you hear me now?

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#15
February 14, 2011 at 21:30:55
Ideally, I think that confession, counsellings, things like that should be done in person eventually because somethings done on a computer just don't have that
"Personal contact" that makes the difference if you know what I mean.
Maybe for some things that may not be so serious it could be O.K. .
But things of a heart-felt nature should be done "in person".
A false balance is abomination unto the Lord. Proverbs 11:1

But there is also the privacy issue that needs to be addressed.
Nothing hidden that shall not be known
Luke 12:2, Mark 4:22/Matthew 10:26
Things eventually become known in their own time.


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#16
February 15, 2011 at 23:31:59
Easy to sin very easy to confess.

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#17
February 16, 2011 at 16:25:37
f--- the catholic church, my friend. They are only a tool, created by the government to control the population. Stop being a fool and reject their dogma (yeah, its a word, look it up, lol)

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#18
February 16, 2011 at 17:26:30
Which Government would that be then?

Since the Catholic Church has been in existence long long before any modern Government was ever thought off, it is a bit difficult to condemn any Government for its creation.

I am no great supporter fo the Catholic Church, but if you are going to condemn something, at least do it with some logic and reason, otherwise it just comes over as nothing more than an ill informed rant.

Stuart


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#19
February 19, 2011 at 10:27:32
I don't believe in confessions at all. The person in the confession booth is just another human trying to make money and give advice...I pity the people that do confess...People that use that in the catholic church tend to use it (from what I have heard) weekly and sin all week, only to ask for a confession again at the end of the week. Online confessions just sounds like another scam, especially when there is money involved.

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#20
February 19, 2011 at 13:20:12
A-Men to that!

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