Recently, we reported about an app which is approved by the Church that basically walks you through the sacrament – described by the developers as a “personalized examination of conscience for each user.” Simply using the app won’t totally forgive you for your sins according to the Vatican because they issued a clarification regarding the app’s purpose. Director of the Holy See Press Office Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement, “One may not speak in any sense of confessing via iPhone. Sacrament of Penance necessarily requires the relationship of personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor and absolution by the confessor present. This cannot be substituted for by any information technology application.”
If true forgiveness is something you’re seeking, then you just might want to take a trip to your local church and go through the actual process of confession with a priest. Just don’t start thinking that your nifty iPhone can be substitute as a replacement.