Catholics can confess on the go with new app
"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" isn't a joke, creators say, but is designed to aid with the sacrament.
February 8th, 2011
05:58 PM ET

Catholics can confess on the go with new app

Bless me father for I have sinned. It has been 300 tweets since my last confession.

Whether you've been "borrowing" free Wi-Fi or coveting your neighbor's avatar - or, heaven forbid, something worse - a new mobile app is designed to help you atone for it.

Lame tech jokes aside, the makers of "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" say their software is seriously designed to help believers with the sacrament, and to help those who have left the church take a digital step back home.

Read the full story here about the new confession app.

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  1. BuddyKowalsk

    It's a Miracle !

    February 14, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  2. Davido

    WARNING THIS APP CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH. Do not use this app while driving.

    February 10, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  3. Muneef

    Picks of sura Al-Tawba verses;  
    Al-Tawba sura 09:
    And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they! (30) They have taken as lords beside Allah their rabbis and their monks and the Messiah son of Mary, when they were bidden to worship only One God. There is no god save Him. Be He glorified from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him)! (31) Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah disdaineth (aught) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse. (32) He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion, however much the idolaters may be averse. (33) O ye who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (men) from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom, (34) On the day when it will (all) be heated in the fire of hell, and their foreheads and their flanks and their backs will be branded therewith (and it will be said unto them): Here is that which ye hoarded for yourselves. Now taste of what ye used to hoard. (35). 

    The hypocrites, both men and women, proceed one from another. They enjoin the wrong, and they forbid the right, and they withhold their hands (from spending for the cause of Allah). They forget Allah, so He hath forgotten them. Lo! the hypocrites, they are the transgressors. (67) Allah promiseth the hypocrites, both men and women, and the disbelievers fire of hell for their abode. It will suffice them. Allah curseth them, and theirs is lasting torment. (68) .

    And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends one of another; they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and they establish worship and they pay the poor-due, and they obey Allah and His messenger. As for these, Allah will have mercy on them. Lo! Allah is Mighty, Wise. (71) Allah promiseth to the believers, men and women, Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide – blessed dwellings in Gardens of Eden. And – greater (far)! – acceptance from Allah. That is the supreme triumph. (72) .

    There hath come unto you a messenger, (one) of yourselves, unto whom aught that ye are overburdened is grievous, full of concern for you, for the believers full of pity, merciful. (128) Now, if they turn away (O Muhammad) say: Allah sufficeth me. There is no God save Him. In Him have I put my trust, and He is Lord of the Tremendous Throne. (129).

    February 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  4. CJ

    Seriously if you want to sit on a soap box do it in your back yard. NO ONE OTHER THEN YOURSELF WANTS TO SEE OR READ YOUR RANDOM QUOTES FROM ANY BOOK OF SCRIPTURE

    This APP is a joke and anyone who actually uses it is more of a joke.

    If you have spent your life learning fairytale verses you have wasted your oppertunity at a true education, you are nothing but a relic of the forgotten past.

    Religion is a tool to control the ignorant and those of a weak mind.

    There isn't a single problem in the world today that religion can solve, not one! Science and medicine will solve almost all problems over time while an infinate amount of prayer will do nothing but waste time that could have been spent solving the problem the right way. You armchair preachers do more harm for your cause then good, the more you spout your ignorant jibberish the more you alienate your prospective converts with your malicious, millitant proselytizing!

    February 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  5. MikeMazzla

    Thats nice...nice to know we are upgrading the ludicrous nature of God, religion and confession to the electronic age LOL.

    ive got an idea..if you are dumb enough to believe in God and confession and all that nonsense.. why not just confess in your bedroom. The whole thing is ridiculous

    February 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Read the F ing article

    You don't confess on the phone or app.

    February 9, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  7. Cody

    This is absolutely ridiculous. I'm not even Catholic and this sounds like a scam. Are they attending church by phone now, as well?

    February 9, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • geraldh

      The app only tells how to confess to a preist. Any confession other than in person, not even over the phone, is invalid.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Disciple

      I find the app very helpful in going through the daily examination of conscience during night prayer. Once again I find people slamming something they know nothing about. Not about Catholicism, not about confession, and not about this useful little app. How typical.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  8. Evolved DNA

    Is it called" iConfess"

    February 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  9. Reality

    “Now Rome which developed the Church of Dogma (rather than metanoia) dared to add things which have scant basis in scripture like the Trinity, Individual priesthood, Auricular Confession, Transubstantiation, Infallibility, Immaculate Conception and the Assumption. None of these are present in scripture not can they be deduced. Matthew 16:18 was discovered to apply to the papacy by Damasus I who had over a hundred of his rival's supporter's killed to gain the bishopric of Rome. It is after this time that the phrase from Matthew is more and more centered on Rome. The bishops of Rome committed many crimes. The biggest one was to ascribe their malfeasance to the Holy Spirit. Still is.”- from Google et al

    February 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Disciple

      Your handle is "Reality"? Really? You cite your source as Google et al? Get real. What a load of nonsense.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  10. Reality

    You are not confessing your sins on your iPhone or its clones. You are simply examining your conscience from a list of "sins" with no doubt a reminder about saying "Father, bless me for I have sinned". The app probably expands that to "Father, now it is your turn".

    February 8, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  11. HotAirAce

    While I steadfastly maintain all religion is a crock of crap, I support anything that helps keeps children away from priests, especially the pedophile variety still being protected by the current pope-a-dope.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      Check this link;

      February 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  12. TheRationale

    Oh man
    Too much, too much

    February 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  13. Estevan


    We may disagree on a lot of issues BUT you hit the nail on the head with that one.

    A lot of people seem to have this misconception that they can be anonymous in the digital world. Very few are. Almost anything you type, whether online or on your phone, may be pulled from a server (or even your own device) often years after you thought it was deleted. In this case, who knows where your confessions are stored. Not only that but who knows, as you say, who is listening in? Do people really think big business and the government don't have the capacity to screen what they transmit over their phones?

    Say you confess to a serious crime – the priests may not divulge anything but the phone company or the techs responsible for the server might have a crisis of conscience and report you in which case authorities could get a warrant, copy your confession, and prosecute you. Or some random hacker (there are some extremely competent ones out there) gets a hold of your confession and now knows a secret you didn't want others to know.

    Keep your secrets private. Don't broadcast them over the airwaves. Or even better...don't engage in behavior which would result in you having dirty secrets...

    February 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Muneef

      We are monitored by our cellphones in image by camera phone and our voices are all transmitted,location is therefore is detected...!? All cellphone data and contents are then transmited either live or all recordings are transmeted upon online or during updates..?! All that is possible for man to make to man! Couldn't God have made the same for us to trace us and hold us accountable??
      Guess now even what we write here considering our selves we are protected by the umbrella of freedom of speech and expressions,would come upon us one day as a witness against us, to what ever thoughts or chat we had will incriminate us although it was the only few steps taken forward to learn about the world round us and how people thought and how we though!? Could all that come one day on us?? In such a case we should not talk in the faith blog but more appropriately would be on the Freedom/Liberty blogs!? In Tunisia and Egypt the citizens were deprived of their rights and that was what happened although not as sophisticated as your system...which has cameras every where even maybe public toilets,hotel rooms+++ but new system wants to take us all as one New World Order !?

      February 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Muneef

      Every thing is becoming possible since they our earthly lords wanting to act as Gods replacing believers only God and satisfying atheists beliefs in their Earthly Gods more than the God of Heavens.
      Since soon enough they may apply that chip to be injected under our skins to containing/saving all of our data personal/financial/medical prints records/ID's. 
      We will become strung up and in the very near future through that they will have full control of our emotions and actions/reactions might be force inspired upon us or by taking full control of our full body functioning ?
      There and then we have the viruses threats that are being spread to take effect or control of those chipped or steal their full data's & ID's (Such Thefts) end up connecting you to terrorism,example is as those who fell victims for the criminal assassination of the Palestinian national of Hamas the late Al-Mabhoh in Dubai hotel room, or those connected with terror movements !? Be careful today it is on our cellphones,computers,modern cars but tomorrow will be under our skins and already it is understudy...!?  

      February 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  14. Estevan

    Too funny! Talk about lazy.

    If you're going to waste your time on an app at least get something useful or educational. I mean...confessing on your phone? How about you stop doing those things you're confessing about instead of sending magic airwaves to...who exactly is listening or cares about your confessions?

    Stop venerating a lame duck god who wants to listen to your whining. All hail Thor! He doesn't care about your pining AND he carries a hammer!

    February 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Muneef

      Funny but true any body could be listening and maybe recording a confession being made about a bank that been robbed or some thing wrongly done that you need to confess of to relieve soul...?! But end up in prison having testified against your self?!

      February 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Smite Me

      You don't actually confess on the dang thing - it's more like a shopping list, or checklist, so that you don't take up too much time of one of the increasingly scarce (yay!) priests out there.

      February 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Disciple

      You can't confess on your phone. The app only helps you go through the daily examination of conscience. You can only confess in person to a priest. The article's author was the one who was lazy and his headline is very misleading.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  15. Muneef

    Al-Anaam sura 06:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Lo! As for those who sunder their religion and become schismatics, no concern at all hast thou with them. Their case will go to Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do. (159) Whoso bringeth a good deed will receive tenfold the like thereof, while whoso bringeth an ill-deed will be awarded but the like thereof; and they will not be wronged. (160) Say: Lo! As for me, my Lord hath guided me unto a straight path, a right religion, the community of Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater. (161) Say: Lo! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. (162) He hath no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him). (163) Say: Shall I seek another than Allah for Lord, when He is Lord of all things? Each soul earneth only on its own account, nor doth any laden bear another's load. Then unto your Lord is your return and He will tell you that wherein ye differed. (164) He it is Who hath placed you as viceroys of the earth and hath exalted some of you in rank above others, that He may try you by (the test of) that which He hath given you. Lo! Thy Lord is swift in prosecution, and Lo! He verily is Forgiving, Merciful. (165).

    February 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  16. NL

    I thought it was just another "Pope on a Rope" sort of joke at first, but I guess they're serious about this one. I wonder if you can create a checklist of your favorite sins to confess, you know, to save time? 😉

    February 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  17. Muneef

    Al-Maeda sura 05: 
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Allah made a covenant of old with the Children of Israel and We raised among them twelve Chieftains, and Allah said: Lo! I am with you. If ye establish worship and pay the poor-due, and believe in My messengers and support them, and lend unto Allah a kindly loan, surely I shall remit your sins, and surely I shall bring you into gardens underneath which rivers flow. Whoso among you disbelieveth after this will go astray from a plain road. (12) And because of their breaking their covenant, We have cursed them and made hard their hearts. They change words from their context and forget a part of that whereof they were admonished. Thou wilt not cease to discover treachery from all save a few of them. But bear with them and pardon them. Lo! Allah loveth the kindly. (13) And with those who say: "Lo! we are Christians," We made a covenant, but they forgot a part of that whereof they were admonished. Therefor We have stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will inform them of their handiwork. (14) O People of the Scripture! Now hath Our messenger come unto you, expounding unto you much of that which ye used to hide in the Scripture, and forgiving much. Now hath come unto you light from Allah and plain Scripture, (15) Whereby Allah guideth him who seeketh His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He bringeth them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guideth them unto a straight path. (16) They indeed have disbelieved who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say: Who then can do aught against Allah, if He had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He createth what He will. And Allah is Able to do all things. (17) The Jews and Christians say: We are sons of Allah and His loved ones. Say: Why then doth He chastise you for your sins? Nay, ye are but mortals of His creating. He forgiveth whom He will, and chastiseth whom He will. Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and unto Him is the journeying. (18) O People of the Scripture! Now hath Our messenger come unto you to make things plain unto you after an interval (of cessation) of the messengers, lest ye should say: There came not unto us a messenger of cheer nor any warner. Now hath a messenger of cheer and a warner come unto you. Allah is Able to do all things. (19)..

    Al-Maeda sura 05:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Lo! We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light, by which the prophets who surrendered (unto Allah) judged the Jews, and the rabbis and the priests (judged) by such of Allah's Scripture as they were bidden to observe, and thereunto were they witnesses. So fear not mankind, but fear Me. And barter not My revelations for a little gain. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are disbelievers. (44) And We prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are wrong-doers. (45) And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which was (revealed) before him in the Torah, and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before it in the Torah – a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil). (46) Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. (47) And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. (48) So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires, but beware of them lest they seduce thee from some part of that which Allah hath revealed unto thee. And if they turn away, then know that Allah's Will is to smite them for some sin of theirs. Lo! many of mankind are evil-livers. (49) Is it a judgment of the time of (pagan) ignorance that they are seeking? Who is better than Allah for judgment to a people who have certainty (in their belief)? (50).

    The Jews say: Allah's hand is fettered. Their hands are fettered and they are accursed for saying so. Nay, but both His hands are spread out wide in bounty. He bestoweth as He will. That which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them, and We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah extinguisheth it. Their effort is for corruption in the land, and Allah loveth not corrupters. (64) If only the People of the Scripture would believe and ward off (evil), surely We should remit their sins from them and surely We should bring them into Gardens of Delight. (65) If they had observed the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto them from their Lord, they would surely have been nourished from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them there are people who are moderate, but many of them are of evil conduct. (66) O Messenger! Make known that which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord, for if thou do it not, thou wilt not have conveyed His message. Allah will protect thee from mankind. Lo! Allah guideth not the disbelieving folk. (67) Say O People of the Scripture! Ye have naught (of guidance) till ye observe the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto you from your Lord. That which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them. But grieve not for the disbelieving folk. (68) Lo! those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans, and Christians – Whosoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right – there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. (69).

    Al-Maeda sura 05:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers. (72) They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the third of three; when there is no God save the One God. If they desist not from so saying a painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve. (73) Will they not rather turn unto Allah and seek forgiveness of Him? For Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (74) The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away! (75) Say: Serve ye in place of Allah that which possesseth for you neither hurt nor use? Allah it is Who is the Hearer, the Knower. (76).

    Al-Maeda sura 05:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    O ye who believe! Strong drink and games of chance and idols and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan's handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed. (90) Satan seeketh only to cast among you enmity and hatred by means of strong drink and games of chance, and to turn you from remembrance of Allah and from (His) worship. Will ye then have done? (91) Obey Allah and obey the messenger, and beware! But if ye turn away, then know that the duty of Our messenger is only plain conveyance (of the message). (92) There shall be no sin (imputed) unto those who believe and do good works for what they may have eaten (in the past). So be mindful for your duty (to Allah), and do good works; and again; be mindful your duty, and believe; and once again: be mindful your duty, and do right, Allah loveth the good. (93).

    February 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • ugbandtulsa

      Pure lies, straight from Satan's belly. Allah will burn in hell.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • Muneef

      You said pure lies from Satans belly? Did you not see the verses warn us from Satan handiwork? So how would Satan warn you from him self if these were Satans words??

      Then you said Allah will burn in Hell?? Just wonder who will burn Allah you think??
      Are you sure you are religious? Or just some bartender upset about the issue that speaks of alcohol ? Since you do not know the difference between God Allah and the Satan...go back to what ever you were doing+ one for the road...

      February 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Reality

      And we continue to "hammer" the Three B Syndrome of all Muslims including Muneef:

      Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!
      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
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      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.
      The First Five of the 77 Branches:
      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

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      February 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • MasterC

      I hope you cut and pasted all that and didn't write it your self. Well the unemployment is high so maybe this is the way we can spend our days. Jesus be praised too, I hear he bowls a 300 game.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
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