12 02 2011

I have heard many times over the last few days about the App for the phone that tells about Confession in the Catholic Church.  The media has picked up on this as though it is something very funny.  As usual, they are just showing their extreme ignorance.

When a Catholic goes to Confession, he is encouraged to ‘Examine his Conscience’  first in order to list his sins correctly.  Usually, this requires a short visit in the Church to pray over what the Penitent might consider to be his sins.  This App simply lists those sins so that the Penitent can ‘Examine  his Conscience’  and pray at his convenience. 

If you get a chance to review this App, you will note that it lists the Ten Commandments of God.  This is what the Catholic is reviewing.  The Mortal Sins against God are those against His Rules,  His Ten Commandments.  Simple as that.  I guess this is what the media considers to be so funny.   Other sins listed are considered Venial Sins and are those simple things we do without thinking, such as not being as nice a person as we should be.  

For instance, in the Catholic Church, we do not Tithe like many of the Protestant Churches.  But it is expected that the Catholic should donate 5% of his wealth, either to his Church or to other charities.  And then he is expected to donate 5% of his time.  He can choose how to donate in either case, but he should try to do this.  He might be active in his parish organizations, or do community work of some kind, or help his neighbor.  Whatever he is called to do is what he should try to do. To omit this is to commit a Venial Sin.  All the Catholic is asked to do is to try.  Not to be perfect in this, but simply to try to do his part in this world. 

So, once again, the media has shown its extreme ignorance in making fun of the App for the phone.  Did you also know that an App is available for the daily prayers of many religious organizations both Catholic and Protestant?  Maybe the media should investigate some of their stories.  It would help if they got them straight now and then.