Lufkin priest says new smart phone "confession" app is bringing people back to the faith

Father Joe
Father Joe

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Coming to terms with your sins is an ongoing struggle for many Christians. For Catholics a new app could be the answer to many prayers. For just $1.99 you can download "confession, a Roman Catholic app."

One East Texas priest says this app isn't keeping Catholics out of confession, but drawing them in.

"Those who have been kind of reluctant to go to confession, this will encourage them," said Father Joe Kannampuzha, a priest at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Lufkin.

Created by Catholics, for Catholics the mobile app is taking off. Here's the kicker, it has the support of the church.

"We can use the technology to celebrate the sacrament," said Kannampuzha.

He says the app is drawing Catholics back to God.

"Any tool you can use to enrich your faith, there's nothing wrong with that."

The app is in no way a substitution for confession.

"Even if they use the I-phone, they have to go, they have to meet the priest in person to get absolution," said Kannampuzha.

It helps prepare through an examination of conscience with a place to list your sins. The Ten Commandments even come with explanation. With each commandment comes a list of sins you can check off. That's right-- they're password protected.

Once you list your sins, there are prayers of forgiveness under Acts of Contrition.

"It's a healing that takes place. When you walk out and walk away from confession you can be sure that your heart is cleansed," said Kannampuzha.

Father Joe says the new app first came as a surprise.

"When I became a priest, it was time- the cell phone was getting popular you know. Who knew about this kind of you know technology will begin," he said.

It's a surprise he's willing to embrace if it means restoring the faith.

Within two weeks, the app has already hit Apple's top 20 list. Father Joe actually plans to introduce the new app this Sunday at mass so Catholics can use it as an option tool to prepare for confession.

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