Catholic Church: Don’t Confess Sins To iPhone

WCCO’s Interview With Dennis McGrath

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Catholic Church is concerned that some ads may lead parishioners to believe they can use a new iPhone app for confession.

“In no way, shape or form is it a substitute for confession,” Dennis McGrath, spokesman for the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese, said. “Some online stories are misleading, such as one that read: If a Catholic can’t make it to confession, there’s an app for that.”

However, the Catholic Church is not opposed to the app if it’s properly used, according to McGrath.

“It’s to help you understand, to guide you, how you should walk in to the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” explained McGrath. “Only a priest can offer absolution after confession of sins.”

  • insignificant

    whats the differance?…catholism is steeped in ancient Babylonian pagan sun-worship anyways,as well as a conglomeration of many other tribal religious rites and feast days

    • Faith and courage

      To insignificant

      I will pray for you

      • K.

        I would really appreciate it if people who don’t understand a paricular religious point of view would keep their comments to themselves. First of all, insignificant, you don’t have all the facts and cannot make the kind of judgment statement you made (Catholicism is not steeped in ancient Babylonian pagan ideas nor do Catholics worship the sun). And by the way, what’s wrong with having religious rites for the faithful to follow and honoring feast days? Get a life! And, to Dave M., you say the prayers to Mother Mary and the saints go nowhere. Do you have any proof? I know for a fact that my prayers always get answered by not only Mother Mary and the saints (who intercede for us to God, they do not get worshiped by Catholics) but by the Lord Himself. It’s too bad your life is an empty shell.

      • DaveM

        To Faith and Courage: Your papist prayers go nowhere, especially those to mother Mary and your so-called “saints”

  • Jeff Matheson

    Like confessing you sins to a human does any good either.

  • Bible-Based Christian

    Where in the Bible does it say that you need to confess to a priest to receive forgiveness for your sins? A priest can do nothing more than a stuffed animal can do to forgive you…Forgiveness comes from God and God alone!

    • K.

      Jesus said to Peter (something like this), “You are the rock and upon this rock I will build my church. Whose sins you forgive shall be forgiven and whose sins you shall retain are retained.”

  • Rudy Hunter

    According to the Bible, only Christ can offer absolution after confession! “I am thw way, the truth and the light! No man cometh unto the father, BUT BY ME”! iT DOES NOT say, BUT BY THE PRIEST, OR BY MARY!

    • K.

      Catholics do not confess to Mary nor do they ask her for forgiveness. She would be the first to admit that she cannot do this.

    • K.

      According to the Bible, Jesus gave priests that right when he gave the “keys to the kingdom of heaven” to Peter.

  • Catholic by marriage

    Confess your faults (sins) to yourself, God, and another human being. Why would anyone confess to an iphone, it makes as much sense as confessing to a fire hydrant.

  • Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

    @ Rudy Hunter, Bible Based Christian, Jeff Matheson, and insignificant
    Why do you hate Catholics so much? Just wondering.

  • DaveM

    Poor delusional cat-licks.

    • Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

      @DaveM Why are you a bigot?

  • ChurchBoy

    Priests forgive sins only through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave this power to his successors. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples, breathed the Holy Spirit upon them, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23).

    The first Christians went to Jesus to confess their sins, and he told them to go to a priest; Christ himself determined that sins could be forgiven through human intermediaries almost 2,000 years ago(John 20:21-23). Today’s modern Catholics honor that ancient and timeless tradition.

    Confession (also called Reconciliation) is a sacrament; a physical, visible sign that accompanies a holy and supernatural event. It is a healing sacrament. Confession/Reconciliation is the sacrament of conversion and forgiveness; it gives peace, pardon, and a new beginning to the one who receives it.

    • mark from

      @Churchboy Well said

    • K.

      ChurchBoy, you rock! Couldn’t have said it better myself. Hey all you Catholic-haters, read the Bible before you open your mouths with claims that have no basis in theology.

  • Ignorance must be bliss

    Do they have an app for the priests who are touching little boys?

    • mark from

      @Ignorance must be bliss I feel sorry for you with all that anger inside of you

      • K.

        It isn’t just priests………puleeeeez! It’s Boy Scout leaders, teachers, other faith ministers, camp counselors, the guy next door, the uncles, grandfathers, step-fathers/mothers, etc. etc. etc. They can be in any walk of life and generally these perverts purposely pick professions where they can have easy access to children. It’s just that this one, unfortuntely, really got blown up in the news. It’s really not as wide-spread nor common as the new media would lead you to believe. I’ve been a Catholic for almost 60 years, went to a Catholic grade school, and never, ever met or encountered a priest or nun that was inappropriate. Remember the saying, believe half of what you read and none of what you hear (or is it the other way around?). I agree with you “Mark from”, ignorance must be bliss is a very angry soul.

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  • Skeezer

    Can I seek absolution from the houseplant in my living room ??

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