There has been much discussion on some websites about the new Catholic innovation, using the iPhone for confession.Â Â
This notion seems ridiculous at first.Â But, one can see it must be, at least in part, a response to the shortage of priests.Â Â It must take a lot of time to listen toÂ people ramble on.Â
When you think about it, religion has seen technology upset “traditional” ways of worship since day one.Â I wonder what people thought the first time they heard a preacher on the radio.Â Did they think, “That is strange, trying to preach over this box.Â Preaching is supposed to be done right there in front of people.”
Following the radio was, of course, both local church services andÂ evangelists broadcasting onÂ television.Â Electric guitars andÂ high tech sound equipmentÂ are now common.Â The internet and Facebook are part of today’s technology mix.
It’s fun to speculate about what might be the next tech apps.Â The iPhone could be used in so many ways.Â How about scanning in your tithe as you walk into church instead the flat period during the service when the collection plates are passed?Â And maybe nonsingers could hold up their phones with prerecorded singing to participate during hymns.
It will be interesting to learn ifÂ moreÂ Catholics fessup their sins with the newÂ innovation.Â Â I think the Catholics should modernize thierÂ views about sinÂ to match the new technology.Â
Their views are still back in the preradio days.