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picture321_200.jpgReligion News reports, “So that new iPhone confession app is getting lots of chatter around the Interwebs, from MoDo and WaPo and NPR and TIME and elsewhere, but the Catholic League is incensed that too many media reports imply that the gizmo replaces the need to actually seek out a priest for Confession. The Vatican agrees.”

All that to say, the apps do not replace people nor the teachings of the Bible. James was clear in the New Testament: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so
that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and
(James 5:16).

iPhone apps are great, but confession is much more than pushing a button. It’s about healing. It takes help. Ultimately, it takes God.


BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at

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