First, there was a whole string of headlines suggesting that the new iPhone app meant to help people make a good confession was actually a substitute for going to confession. My review here.
Now that a statement was made by the papal spokesman that the iPhone app isn’t a substitute for confession, some headlines suggest that the Vatican has banned or condemned the app.
I saw the following at CMR:
So many media outlets have mis-reported about the intent of the app that Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, to say it is not a substitute for confession “”One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone”
This, of course, has prompted a whole new wave of flagrant mis-reporting.
- Vatican bans iPhone ‘God app’
- The Vatican excommunicates the Confession iPhone App
- Vatican bans confessional iPhone app
- Vatican criticizes iPhone Confession app
And so on, and so on, and so on.
How low do your test scores have to be before they let you into journalism school?
To be clear, the Vatican has not condemned the app. The app has the imprimatur of a US bishop. The app is a tool, an aid, to help you examine your conscience and then remember how and what to confess when you go to the priest for confession.