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Forgive Me iPhone, For I Have Sinned

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new app for devices like the iPhone and iPad aims to take the intimidation factor out of Confession for Catholics — and the Church is giving it the thumbs-up.

confession app Forgive Me iPhone, For I Have SinnedYou’ll still have to tell a priest your sins in person, but “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” holds your hand through the process via your hand-held.

Nicole Brewer reports…

Katie, a Temple University sophomore, likes how the app takes you step-by-step, preparing you for the sacrament by asking questions that might point out a sin or two you’ll want to divulge.

“I like how you have the ‘in the name of the Father’ — like what they should say,” Katie said.

Teresa, a senior at Temple, says that’ll help — as long as you’re not blasting Jay-Z when you enter the confessional.

“Confession for some people can be kind of intimidating, so I think this will make it a lot easier for them to go through it,” Teresa said.

Father Jerry Wild at the University’s Newman Center says when it comes to absolution, touchscreens can’t replace the face-to-face, but support for the app shows the Church is keeping up with the times.

“We certainly live in a technological age, so the Church has to be aware of that and respond to that reality.”

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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  • Bruce

    It is very irritating that this page refreshes automatically. I was reading the comments, but the page refreshed and stuck me back at the top of the page. I’m using the time I would have spent finding my place to make this complaint before I leave the article.

  • Don Beckitel

    Virtual forgiveness! Praise be the Ivisible Man in the Sky.

    • Sam

      Can you read? Or do you go through life totallly ignorant by reading headliens only.

  • Chris

    If you don’t want the world to know your sins, don’t take your cell phone in the confessional with you. Do a search: “FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool”. That should pretty much say it all right there.

    • Fr Chris Walsh

      You are not “putting your sins” on the iPhone; the app offers questions to reflect on (the “examine your conscience”) as you confess your sins. As Jesus said so many times, DO NOT BE AFRAID!

  • rinaldirocco

    This is more of an “Examination of Conscious” aide then a confession.This device will help people realize all the sins they have committed.SO that,they can go to Confession realizing all the sins committed and then get forgiveness from Jesus through the Priest acting in persona Christi (“in the person of Christ”).

    • Dr. Bombay

      “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
      When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.”
      ~ George Orwell

    • Michael

      rinaldirocco, exactly! I have the same thing in a book from, printed in the 1930s. The book helps me examine my conscience. This is just an electronic version. The e-book is not new. This is basically the same thing. Just called an app.

  • piratecavebear

    I can’t believe how clueless you people are. So far, xlemming is the only one who has seen through this ruse. He wrote:

    “This is just another way for Big Brother to collect information on you (along with all the other data they’re collecting from your social networking sites, google searches, email, etc. etc.). And this one is particularly brilliant. CONFESS YOUR SINS ONLINE! Believe me, this is all going into a database somewhere.”

    Don’t people realize that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING you send out, whether it’s a picture or a text message or a forum post, is being collected by someone who could someday use it against you.
    Confess your sins to God. He is the only Big Brother you can trust.

    • Michael

      It’s not online confession. Confession takes place only with a priest, not via an app. This thing just helps a person learn about confession and prepare for it.

      • xlemming

        Iphones, Ipads, Blackberries, etc., are online devices connected to the internet and the telecom networks. Everything you enter into a device like this is online and accessible from outside whether you actually send it or not.

    • Pam

      People who don’t believe in God are pitiful and….well…. foolish….that’s the mildest term I can use.

      • nick

        Psalm 53:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
        They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
        there is none who does good.

      • Wally George

        And this BS is proof? You have no proof of anything so you refer to books thousands of years old, translated numerous times for political gain that prove nothing except that you are totally lacking in any support for what you say.

        We call those people cult members that are delusional. You’re no different from some middle eastern nut job that will kill you if you don’t agree with his cult.

      • CANmann

        Did anyone here say they are going to kill you? You are the fanatic one. Just read what you just wrote. Can you define “cult member” for those of us with less intelligence than you.
        You make statements and add nothing to back it up! What you accuse us of you do (though we don’t). For instance, prove to us that the Bible was translated for “political gain”!

    • Wally George

      Wow … more of god’s plan from the mental deficient that still can’t prove with any rational facts that god is any more real than Leprechauns. They have zero empirical evidence of anything they asset yet expect you to accept it as fact.

      Notice how they make up stuff on the go and none of them will agree on how their fantasy works. The more you point this out the more defensive and irrational they become and they always tell you that you’re going to hell.

      We call these people degenerates.

      • jerry

        Probably the name calling by those of faith and those without faith is a unncessary. Certainly everyone who believes cannot be a degenerate any more than everyone who doesnt believe is foolish.

        But we can argue facts and science and faith. Proving the nature of God may require faith, but if you deny the existence entirely then you are asserting the logical impossibility that we came into being out of nothing. Whether you say we, or a sea thing that you think we evolved from, or the earth, or the solar system, or the galaxy, or galaxy cluster, or however far out you want to take it. You still are left at some point with the impossibiliy that one moment there was nothing and then a moment later something appeared without any force acting on it, wihtout any creator. Science, truth, logic, everything we know about everything implies that there must be a creator for there to be the created. At base, that is God, and there is no way around his existence.

      • Wally George

        “Proving the nature of Leprechauns may require faith, but if you deny the existence entirely then you are asserting the logical impossibility that we came into being out of nothing.

        Do you see how delusional you sound? Seek help now.


    Modern christianity has nothing to do with SPIRITUALITY. It is a psychologically motivated apologist movement that excuses every evil, destructive behavior inherent in humanity. When millions follow a religion based on forgiving and denying DESTRUCTIVE, HARMFUL behaviors such as GREED, GLUTTONY, INFIDELITY, DECEIT, USURY, etc..WORLD DOWNFALL is not far behind! YOUR END TIMES ARE HERE, Christians! It is for you the burning lake awaits. You are FALSE, WEAK and ultimately DOOMED!

    • RevDeac

      The ultimate destructivenss of all sinful behavior and attitude is the very reason for what many perishing see as the ultimate foolishenss: Christ came into this world to save sinners. That includes quite a number greedy, unfaithful, deceitful, userius gluttons. Evil is not excused in God’s economy. Not at all. God had to come and be the propitiation for our sins, enduring the full wrath of God For His sake, may God be gracious to you and grant you His mercy, a clear picture of who you and who He is, forgiveness, and everlasting life in Christ Jesus.

    • Gus

      Nice try, Lucifer. However, your pitiful understanding of Christianity is glaring.

  • bammbamm

    Some of the respondees make an interesting point. I.e., God either exists or He doesn’t. If He doesn’t then all believers are sorry ass humans and dangerous. But if he does exist, then all the non-believers are insane and dangerous. Face it folks; it’s one or the other.

  • Mary

    Don, if you only go to Mass on Sunday, the Church goes through the entire Bible in a three year cycle (the whole Bible), including the books Luther dropped. If you attend daily Mass, you go through the whole Bible in a year. So we read the Bible. You need to read the whole bible and not pick out a line here or there and ignore others. The bible is the Word of God and cannot contradict itself.

    One thing is to be innocently ignorant and another thing is to be obstinate. If you have time to post and Catholic bash, you have time to educate yourself about what the teachings of the Church are. You will be made to account for your willful disregard for the Truth. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is available online. READ IT.

    Catholic priests do not forgive sins. When they administer the sacrament they are doing it “in persona christi”. When the priest gives you absolution, he says that God forgives you not that he forgives you. Moreover, you cannot confess something and not mean it or else the absolution is no good. You have to be contrite and make the effort to not commit the sin again. You may fall again because you are human, but the desire to not commit the sin has to be there. This is for those who claim that Catholics believe that as long as they confess, they can go on sinning. It almost sounds like once saved always saved which we know is false and a creation of Luther a few hundred years ago.

    What about the passage “…whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, whose sins you retain, they are retained? Doesn’t this require hearing a sin before deciding to forgive or retain it? It is God who forgives as in your passage, but you have to tell it to his minister. The Church also has the power to bind and loose. Let that one swirl around your mind a little.

    SAVEANDKNOWIT…..Call no man father….really? So Paul must be out of his mind when he says “For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (1 Cor. 4:14–15).” I guess he didn’t get that memo. CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT.

    • puddydawg

      Mary you were doing OK unti you hit the [It is God who forgives as in your passage, but you have to tell it to his minister] Where does it say that? It doesn’t uness you bend and twist some passages. I tel my sins straight to God, I do not need a minister/priest as a go between. Gos will decide if I am beoing true in my confession.

    • SavedToo

      Mary, the verse in I Corinthians 4:14-15 says, “I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”

      Stick with the old KJV. You can get anything you want out of the new “copyrighted” versions. The new versions deny the virgin birth, the diety of Jesus, and many other truths.

      Again, you must use the right version, and keep the verses in context. When you tell someone about the Lord and they get saved, you are symbolized as a father leading a young child to Christ. Spiritually calling one Father like the Catholic church does, is forbidden in Matthew 23:9.

      You MUST take the verses into context. You can make any verse say anything you want if you don’t read the other verses surrounding the text and take it into context.

      • SavedToo

        CANmann, in your references, the term “father” is speaking physically, which I explained already. There is a difference between a physical father and a calling someone father in the spritual sense…

      • CANmann

        Yes, context context context. King James ONLY!!!!???? What did Christians do for the first 1500 years?????

        Anyway, the “father” passage in Matt 23:9 refers to the fact that all fatherhood comes from God, otherwise, no one could be called teacher either(see verse 8).

        St Stephen didn’t get it either – And Stephen said: “Brethren and fathers, hear me. Acts 7:2

        Luk 1:73 “the oath which he swore to our father Abraham”

        Luk 3:8 Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

        If you want more, just let me know

      • CANmann

        Savedtoo, you have a rather unique way of interpreting Scripture. I pray God that you are infallible, otherwise you may be wrong. In other words, just because you said it, does not make it so!
        So, since St Paul said Timothy was he true child, then that’s physical??? Wow, another miracle since St Paul was a celibate.
        And since God can raise children to Abraham from stones, that is physical too?? Another miracle. Do you not see how silly that is. Is it not obvious that the children that would be raised from those stones would be spiritual descendants and not physical??
        No SAVEDTOO, the passage is saying do not arrogate to yourself that which belongs to God. Yes, we may call our spiritual leaders Fathers.

  • Dr. Bombay

    OK, since you as the webmaster of CBS Philly are removing these posts about criminal actions by priests, CBS Philly is aligned with the Catholic church and is protecting and supporting these criminals in robes?

    Just want a clarification on your deleting of posts about criminal actions and who is in charge of doing so.

    • jerry

      I seriously doubt that CBS is affiliated with the Church, Maybe they just made a determination that ever post about Catholicism doesnt need to be overrun with attacks on the Church based on ithe old news of its bad priests.

      Judas was a bad disciple and he was chosen by Christ. Yet it would be silly to deny every issue of faith because Judas, who followed Christ failed spectacularly.

      It is unfortunately a foregone conclusion that men will sin. Even Priests. It is horrific what some of them did. It was also horrific that people believed they could be rehabilitated and so they were often not de-frocked immediately. It is also horrific that many seminaries were overun in the 60’s/70’s with counterculture activists seeking more to change the church than to know God.

      But yet, the Church has corrected most of the problem, as it has corrected its wayward members in the past, and it endures. And re-hashing those issues is no more germain to a discussion of confession than is Judas and his bag of coins.

  • xlemming

    This is just another way for Big Brother to collect information on you (along with all the other data they’re collecting from your social networking sites, google searches, email, etc. etc.). And this one is particularly brilliant. CONFESS YOUR SINS ONLINE! Believe me, this is all going into a database somewhere.

    • jerry

      Did you even read the post you are replying too? The program doesnt allow you to send your confession to someone – it just helps you prepare for a verbal confession. No one collects any information.

      • xlemming

        Sure I read it. The app may not allow YOU to send your confession anywhere, but that doesn’t mean that the app itself isn’t sending it somewhere or that someone isn’t accessing your phone over the internet or the telecom network. The FBI can listen to you over your cell phone even when the phone is turned off. They can use your cell phone to track your movements. Confessions are private for a reason. If you type them into your cell phone, you’re taking a big security risk.

      • JM in San Diego CA

        xlemming: Please validate your claim about the phone being used for eavesdropping when it’s turned off. I’m calling that an urban legend.

        It’s quite possible for a modified phone (or other such device) to be configured as a bug, but my 50+ years of professional and hobby experience with electronics tells me that an “stock” phone that’s OFF will not receive or transmit. The only circuits that are active in such a phone are those which may be required to maintain its various memory contents — call history, directory, ring tones, photos, etc.

      • xlemming

        Here’s a story about the FBI activating the microphones in gangster’s cell phones. The story mentions the fact that this can be done even when the cell phone is turned off. Apparently, you can never turn the cell phones off completely without removing the battery. They send out signals periodically to contact local cell towers and the like.

  • Jay

    The Catholic Church does not maintain that confession to a priest is necessary for absolution. The Church recognizes that true humility is engendered when you have the courage to speak aloud to another human being the horrible things you’ve done. And the priest is there to help you understand that you truly are forgiven if you have confessed with a humble and contrite heart, and to help you understand the difference between guilt and shame. Guilt should be washed away after confession. The shame takes longer, as it should!

    Oh, and to all you protestants, if you still sin, then you’re not saved!

    • Tom

      The Catholic absolutely does maintain that confession to a Priest is required.

      • rinaldirocco

        When you are in danger of death or have perfect (sorry because you have offended the God who loves you the most) contrition,God will forgive you.But,when you are in a safe situation,the Catholic Church teaches that you should go to a Priest to re-confess because that is the way Jesus set it up.–“whose sin you forgive are forgiven; whose sins you retain are retained.”

    • Matt

      “The Catholic Church does not maintain that confession to a priest is necessary for absolution.” This is an incorrect comment.

      The Cathechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) clearly states that although “Only God forgives sins” (see CCC 1441), “he [i.e., Christ] entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry [i.e., Bishops and priests through them] which he charged with the “ministry of reconciliation.” (CCC 1442). Morevoer, it is “The Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgives sins in the name of Jesus Christ.” (CCC 1448)

      You may disagree with this teaching, but let’s be clear about what the Church actually preaches.

      The comment to protestants is also incorrect. Only God may judge.

      Please stop with these comments, you only confuse people and bring the Church into disrepute.

      • Jay

        Guess you’ve never been deployed in a war zone with no priest to confess to. I was assured by my pastor back home that all of my prayers for forgiveness were heard and answered. Again, I see nothing in your passage stating in black and white that unless I confess to a priest, I’m not forgiven. I’m not trying to split hairs with you here, and I’m not a Catholic apologist, because the Church has nothing to apologize for. Hate that word. I’m proud of my faith. And I don’t disagree with these teachings. I’m just telling you, its not always possible to see a priest when you need to.

        If you want to talk about bringing disrepute on the Church, lets talk about the real culprits, filth like Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, or anyone with the last name Kennedy. They’re the ones who’ve been complicit in the murder of over 40 million children since Roe V Wade, and yet continue to be in communion with the Church. Disgusting.

      • Matt

        Jay, you have conflated “absolution” with “forgiveness”. Absolution is a juridic act of the Church which serves as the ordinary means through which God forgives sins. Certainly, in a war zone, without recourse to a priest, a Catholic may make a perfect act of contrition and obtain God’s forgiveness.

        Just a clarification.

        And I appreciate your calling out Pelosi and Kerry as being the true culprits, I just wanted clarity on this topic so as not to confuse non-Catholics about what the Church teaches.

    • SavedToo

      Jay, trusting in your works and trying to do your best by not sinning is not good enough. It takes Jesus to completely cleanse us of our sins. Because we’re saved, we do good works and try not to sin. When we sin, we ask Him for forgiveness to make us right and not grieve him — not to be saved again.

      Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

      Ephesians 4:30 says, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

      The Bible says in Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”.

      I think I will go with the Bible and what it says and not trust in my feelings or trust in me keeping it myself — and not trust in what others say without having a Bible verse (in context) to backup what they are saying.

      • SavedToo


        The word trembled doesn’t mean “doubt”. The Bible says you can know you are saved. If you could get saved and lose it, then you can’t know.

        I John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

      • jerry

        Saved – I think this is where we see how close our beliefs are. I would agree with your first 3 sentences, and the verses are what they are, but they do not prove or disprove either belief. Including the truth that God’s grace saves us through faith. It is only by God’s grace that I do not fall into sin, and when I do sin, it is God’s grace that allows me not to do it again. So in essense it is never my actions that lead to salvation, but it is my cooperation with God’s grace (an act of the will) that keeps me from turning away from him. If I turn away, I beleive I do not recieive salvation – as in the parable of the maidens keeping their candles lit awaiting Chirst. The ones who were not vigilient, were not saved. Those who were vigilent were saved. You believe that it is impossible to turn away. That is the essential difference.

      • rinaldirocco

        Even Saint Paul “trembled” about his salvation.

  • Matt

    So you require God to do what you want Him to?

    • Deborah Sobwick

      can i ask him to help me win the lottery??????

  • Jim

    I guess Jesus was pulling the Apostle’s collective leg when he said “Whose soever sins you remit, they are remitted to them; and whose soever sins you retain, they are retained.” He was a big ole kidder that JC feller…

    • Francis

      Were you there to hear it? Please tell us how you know this is true ?

      • Gus

        Francis – you believed your mother when she said to you, “this is your father.”
        Were you there? How do you know she was telling you the truth? It is called Faith and Trust.

      • Gus

        Francis – you believed your mother when she said to you, “this is your father.”
        Were you there? How do you know she was telling you the truth? It is called Faith and Trust.

      • Francis

        You’re delusional and a sophist. You can see your mother, you can do a DNA test of your mother, there can be a video of your birth … I can go on for hours.

        However, you offer zero evidence of your assertions and use a totally useless analogy that shows no knowledge of debating or even a whisper of cogent thought. You are a cult member and acting like one. Wake up.

      • Gus

        Francis – your obvious anger seem to be impairing your ability to read and comprehend. Maybe you should take a look at my comment again and ponder its meaning before you resort to childish name calling.

        The point was, you believed your mother when she told you who you father was…without any evidence of such. You simply took it on faith and trust in your mother that the man she claimed to be your father was, in fact, your father. Did you demand a DNA test to prove that he was your father…I doubt it. I could provide you example after example of things you “believe” in but have no first-hand knowledge of. This is called faith, my friend.

        P.S. May God Bless you…I have prayed for you.

  • Matt

    Logically, and perhaps from a heart to help people, you ask why God does not heal amputees, and you shake your fist at God for not healing amputees. If God is who He says He is, then He will take care of that.

    My question to you is, “How is a guilty sinner made right with a Holy God?” His Holiness is not wrapped up in whom He chooses to heal or not heal, his Holiness and moral perfection is wrapped up in who He IS, His Character.

    For those of us in Christ, that is, Forgiven, death is a welcome healing and graduation. For amputees in Christ (my father being one of them), there will be no missing limbs in the New Heaven and New Earth (most commonly referred to as ‘Heaven,’ but Scripture describes as a literal city – very large, as well!). This is the ultimate healing to come by Christ.

    So, for the amputee outside of Christ, there is no healing. For the amputee ‘in Christ,’ there is healing; but not in regrowing a limb. God has not chosen to manifest Himself in that way; but He is not limited to do so. Let me ask you this: If you were to see a man spontaneously grow a limb, would you believe? Or if a man were to raise from the dead, would you then believe?

    Or are you just looking for reasons to shake your fist at God? A Holy God, mind you?

  • thraser

    I think I’m going to become a catholic. You can do whatever you want and then go to confession and all is good……

    • jerry

      Yes, we’d probably have a lot more members if that were the case, unfortunately you have to go to confession with a penitent heart, meaning you desire to sin no more. Your confession isnt valid if you intend to just keep doihng what you want.

  • Mark

    One more way for the church to collect information on its members. Read On This Rock by Dave Leonard, it’s a novel about the church that will make you want to stay as far away from anything catholic as you possibly can.

    • jerry

      Wow, the conspiracy theorists are out today. Mark, the program doesnt give infomation to your priest, it just helps you prepare for a verbal confession. Confession can be anonymous if you want (from behind a screen) and priests do not keep, use, or do anything with the information given in confession. For over 2000 years people like Dave Leonard have tried to harm the church with lies and distortions. Yet as Jesus himself said, “not even the gates of hell shall prevail against it.” You should always ask youself what people are trying to sell you when they seek to turn you against a good and holy God? What are they going to replace God with once you have abandoned him?

    • Tom

      Novel = Fiction.

      • Deborah Sobwick

        novel = partial fiction

    • Jan

      People that believe in god are delusional. People that believe god talks to them are mentally ill. People that act on the messages from their unseen imaginary friend are psychotic and may be dangerous.

      • CANmann

        and you know this how? How do you know that everyone in the world who believes in a god are delusional? Have you interviewed all of them??? Folks with greater minds than you or I have reasoned to the existence of God. And since the greater majority of humans believe in a god (of sorts anyway) would that not make you the delusional one? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think you’re delusional, just misguided.

      • Deborah Sobwick

        I talk togod and he answers me. You should try it sometime. If I am delusional leave me in peace with my delution. It’s a great feeling. Read the book “conversations with god” Or read “first and last men and The starmaker by Olaf Stapledon

  • SaveAndKnowIt

    II Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    Matthew 23:9: And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    There’s only way way to be saved and confess your sins and that’s through Jesus Christ — not a priest (a priest is a sinner too).

    John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    • jerry

      If your going to quote the bible, you should throw in all the places where Jesus directly tells the people to confess their sins to one another. Repent and be baptized were the requirements repeatedly stated by Jesus and the disciples to join the new church. Jesus also gave his disciples “the power to lose and bind sins” a direct contradiction ot your indirect argument. And of course all Christians call their parent “father” so the passage is not a literal passage, but a reminder that even above your biological father or any priest or any leader of any sort – God is the Father of us all, and who we serve first.

      Yet, you are also right that no man comes to the Father but through Jesus. That does mean Jesus did not appoint men as his representatives here on earth, or that Jesus did not establsh a Church. A priest does not forgive sins, Christ does through the process of confession.

      • jerry

        Saved too
        It is precisely by taking the verses out of context that you are able to mangle the meaning. Not only that, but to mangle the actual meaning of words. You seriously suggest that repent means to trust? You have to look at the lengths you will go to make Bible conform to your beliefs when you must alter the plain meaning of words.
        You also ignore Jesus direct statement that the apostles were given the power to forgive sins by Jesus?
        You also ignore Paul’s direct statement referring to himself as Father?
        You also ignore the fact that you do not call a priest Father as a man, but only as a representative of God.
        The primary context problem is pulling out the statements that state a requirement of belief in Jesus as God for salvation, and making them bear more than is meant. You impute into the meaning that a momentary belief = permanent salvation that cannot be undone.
        So you quote Romans: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” but you ignore Jesus own words when he said “NOT EVERYONE who calls me Lord, Lord shall be saved.” Jesus details in fact those who falsely honor Christ with belief and ritual, but fail to honor him with their actions “feed me, cloth me,” etc.
        There are dozens of examples of Jesus making it clear that certain actions lead to damnation and the apostles making it clear that not simply “Faith alone” equates to salvation. All of those must be mangled to mean something than what they plainly say.
        Research and you will find that the early Christians as led by the very people not only living with Christ, but imputed with the knowledge of the holy spirit by God himself, baptized their infants. To argue that over a thousand years later someone finally “got it right” with regard to baptism is rather vain. In reality, it is simply another way in which the bible and history of Christianity must be re-written to conform to your beliefs.
        If baptism IS salvation, then it must come after profession of faith. If baptism is a free gift of the holy spirit washing away original sin and bringing the child into Christ, then it can pre-cede the profession of faith. The irony here is the “faith only” belief system professes salvation as a free gift from God with no requirements of the individual, but of course there is a requirement of the profession of faith itself. Here that requirement forces the denial of the one of the true free gifts of Christ, which is the baptizing of an infant, despite their inability to profess the faith.

      • SavedToo

        Jerry, “repent” means a change of mind, or to turn from. When you repent, you change from trusting in how good you can be to go to Heaven, to Jesus and how good he was that died for us on the cross and rose again so that we can trust on Him to go to Heaven.

        When you quote a verse, you must quote the entire verse and not take it out of context. Mark 16:16 says “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believe not shall be damned.” Of course you should be baptized — after you are saved. Baptism always follows salvation, not before. You get saved and then get scriptually baptized to show his death, burial, and resurection. The second part of that verse confirms that if you don’t believe, then you are doomed to Hell.

        Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

        Regarding “father”… Of course you call your physical dad father. The verse is talking about calling other men “father” in the spiritual sense. There is only one Father and that is God the father. We are not to come to other men calling them father — those who step in the place of God and take your salvation and sins into their own hand. Again, you must read the verse and the surrounding verse and not take them out of context.

    • SavedToo

      The Bible says that Jesus was God that was manifested in the flesh (John 1:1, 1:14). He died on the cross (Rom 5:8) and rose again to pay for our sins.

      Romans 10:9 says “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

      Nowhere in the Bible does it say to confess your sins to men. Beware of this app. It’s a lie! That isn’t how you get saved. You have to trust in God’s Son Jesus and let him forgive you of your sins. All have sinned, but he hasn’t.

      • SavedToo

        Ryan, now that Jesus has died on the cross and rose again, it is no longer required to go to a priest. Jesus is now our high priest and our sacrifice for sins. In today’s time, we do not go to any other man to ask forgiveness of our sins. However, if I did something wrong against you, I would ask you for your forgiveness. You would forgive me, but I would still need to get the forgiveness from God for the sin itself.

      • SavedToo


        Again, you can’t take the verse out of context and quote only part of it. Matthew 7:21-23 says “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess until them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

        This verse says that those that are trusting in their own works (those that work iniquity) to get to Heaven — those that are good — those that even cast out devils and do many wonderful works — the Bible says God will tell them to depart, that he NEVER knew them. It is the will of the Father that you come to Jesus by faith and accept the free gift that was already paid on the cross.

        Romans 10:3 says, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

        Many examples where Christ tells about going to Hell and not going to Heaven is where he is talking about those trusting in their own goodness to keep themselves saved and not trusting in God’s righteousness.

        You are incorrect when you argue a “momentary belief” not saving. True belief is when you repent — turn from your way — to God’s way and when you truly do that, it is permanent — not momentary.

        Yes, “repent” means to change your mind or turn — not spill out all of your sins to some man. Use scripture against scripture to define something. Exodus 32:14 says “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do until his people.” It is saying the Lord changed his mind. In verse 12, it says “…Turn from they fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against they people.” Moses was pleading with God to change his mind. He was not telling God to confess his sin. God has no sin!

      • Ryan

        Sorry, but it does explain in the Bible to confess your sins to other mortal men. There are other passages beyond this one, but this is from Christ himself according to John.

        20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

  • Don in Florida

    Hey Wally… Don’t worry about us mentally ill people.. rather you should worry about how Satan has you wrapped around his finger… … and how he will reward you for mocking God!!! your end will be in the lake of Fire…

    • Francis

      You are no different than some middle eastern nut that believes his god is the only one and that it even exists. That’s called being a degenerate. If people accept your version then they have to accept those that believe in Leprechauns. You’re delusional too.

  • The Barrister

    Dom, read your Bible. that human nature could be used by God as an instrument of grace and forgiveness. He said “That you may know that the Son of Man has the power to forgive sin…” (Mt. 9:6; Mk 2:7-10; Lk 5:21-24). The Hebrew title He used was “ben Adam” meaning “Son of Adam.” This was the Hebrew way of saying “a human being.” Jesus always gloried in His Humanity, since through It He redeemed us. He communicated this authority to His Apostles on Easter night, “Whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven, whose sins you shall retain they are retained” (Jn 20:19-23). In this way He gave the Apostles the power to give “Peace” (v.21), which is nothing less than the reconciliation of man with God.

  • MorganGray

    And people who hide behind the anonymity of the ‘net to make personal attacks and cast aspersions are cowards.

    • youarefullofyou

      post you phone number and address then?

  • MorganGray

    Back in the heyday of the “Cyberpunk Movement” in science fiction, one novel, I think it was either “Islands in the Net” or “Umbra”, there was a fictional phone number of all zeroes; sort of an absolutely neutral confessional / suicide hot-line / shoulder to cry on. You could vent for free and no one would interrupt you. At the end of the call, all you’d hear was, “I want you to know that someone heard you.”
    While this isn’t exactly the same thing it does have the same effect. You can unburden yourself with absolutely no consequences.

  • NewCruelty

    There’s an app for that.

  • coot

    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on how Internet sites have characterized last week’s announcement that a Confession application is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users:

    “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” was developed by Little iApps to prepare Catholics for Confession. Specifically, the application guides Catholics through an examination of conscience, steering them through a series of questions that tap into issues addressed by the Ten Commandments. It received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

    Patrick Leinen, the developer of Little iApps, cannot be faulted for the way some are characterizing this program. This application was never designed as a substitute for Confession: on the contrary, it makes it clear that only absolution by a priest in the confessional constitutes the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Even though most Internet stories mention this, many of the headlines are misleading. Here are some of them:

    • “Can’t Make it to Confession? There’s an App for That”
    • “Catholic Church Approves Confession by iPhone”
    • “Bless Me iPhone for I Have Sinned”
    • “Catholic Church Endorses App for Sinning iPhone Users”
    • “US Bishop Sanctions Cell Phone in Confession”
    • “Forgiveness via iPhone: Church Approves Confession App”
    • “New, Church-Approved iPhone Offers Confession On the Go”
    • “Confess Your Sins to a Phone in Catholic Church Endorsed App”
    • “Catholics Can Now Confess Using iPhone App”
    • “Catholic Church Approves Online Confession”

    Headlines like these, coupled with remarks like, “The Church is gonna make a killing…$1.99 and your sins are digitally washed away,” are irresponsible. The best we can say about those pitching these bogus claims is that they are clueless. The worst we can say is that they might benefit from purchasing the app and putting it to good use.

  • Erik Whittington

    cost $2!!

    • Mary

      Are you any relation to Roland Whittington from Texas?

  • autdrew

    You are not confessing TO the app, you still have to go into the confessional & speak to the priest in person. What this is is an examination of conscience to help you think of what you need to confess. This does not take the place of a priest as the phone cannot give you absolution. Hope this makes sense.

    • Don in Florida

      Autdrew, wake up!!! Catholic Priests can not for give sins… and Catholics need to read thier Bible… read…
      Luke: 5:20 – 26
      20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
      21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
      22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
      25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”

      • jerry

        I read, as I have many times, that passage and it does not in any way refute God’s ability to use priests as confessors. If anything, it makes those who rationalize away the use of confession look a little bit like the Pharisees who denied Christ’s ability to forgive sins. Christ gave his disciples the power to loose and bind sins on earth, yet you would deny he had the power to do that?

      • Gus

        Spot on, Jerry!

      • CANmann

        Then there’s that little passage in St Matthew Mat 9:8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
        He gave authority to MEN!!!. Note, not to a man, but to MEN, plural!!!

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