The Vatican has released a statement today after an iPhone application was released, which was aimed at Catholics in America who wanted to confess via their phones.
The statement released said that confessing via technology was not acceptable, and is no substitute for attending church and admitting your sins to a priest.
The US app has caused sufficient waves that the Vatican felt compelled to release a statement.
In a statement released on Wednesday Lombardi said, “One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone,” adding that confession requires the presence of the penitent and the priest.
“This cannot be substituted by any IT application,” Lombardi added.
Reports in the US have revealed that some US Catholic Churches have approved the app, but will surely now change their stance following the Vatican’s press release.
The app itself is not designed to replace going to church, but is supposed to help Catholics through the act, which replicates confession in a church.
The app itself is called Confession: A Roman Catholic app, and the makers call it a “personalized examination of conscience for each user.”