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Would You Confess Your Sins Online?

According to a recent Georgetown University study, priests are seeing a decline in sinners showing up to confess in person. As a result, they are bringing confessional to unlikely places, like shopping malls! Forgive me father, for I have spent $545 on a pair of Marc Jacobs Surrealist Patent Pumps.

Well, apparently the innovation doesn't stop there. E-confessions are becoming a hit on sometimes disturbing anonymous websites. On Camfest you can watch videos of sinners confessing extramarital affairs. On IveScrewedUp a recent post read: "I have killed four people. One of them was a 17 year old boy." Someone's idea of a bad joke, or a desperate attempt to clear the conscience of a criminal?

What do you think? Would you take part in Confession 2.0 and offer up your sins online?


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aurise aurise 9 years
It seems that everybody is up in arms these days about online confessionals. I think people are giving them too much credit! I for one don't take them seriously. It's nothing more than entertainment. Sure I confess about real things but always small stuff, funny thing s that other people may be into, from time to time I talk about fetishes. But I never do a serious confession on one of these online capital E-confessionals. E standing for ENTERTAINMENT! It's supposed to be fun. And most of the confessions I read on these website have that tone. If some lost soul thinks they can find salvation in these online confessionals then they truly need help. It's for FUN FOLKS. Relax, Laugh, Share an Embarrassing moment. My favorite by far is - People there get it.. they know its for kicks. Plus CC has the best search options. Let's find relevant things. That's my 2 cents.. whats yours?
remedios remedios 9 years
wait.. god forgives all us sinners, right? crap, I'm on a one way ticket to hell.
remedios remedios 9 years
but would god forgive me?
secrethoughts secrethoughts 9 years
I would be concerned that it would get hacked...besides, how would penance be determined?
janneth janneth 9 years
God is everywhere, thus, God is online. Why not confess online? Easy and convenient. But it would have to be like a chat format because you would need instant forgiveness for what you confessed. or Wickedpedia
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
I voted "no", unless the site was being used for those who are too ill to come in and confess (in which case I understand its use). Otherwise, it seems far too impersonal and insincere to simply post your confessions online. Even the use of a phone would be a better alternative, and (in agreement with TuesdaySurprise) more safe. In my opinion, it just takes away a lot of the sanctity of confession.
TuesdaySurprise TuesdaySurprise 9 years
I voted no. I'm not religious. It's the privacy aspect that worries me. If the police put a tap on your computer, could they use your confession against you? Probably. And what if the confession site got hacked? I could see a lot of things horribly wrong. I'm being a little paranoid right now...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I don't see a problem at all with "Catholics" commencing their confessionals online. If this is going to be a sanctioned activity by the Roman Catholic Church than obviously it would be provided through their official web site, secured and I would imagine that they would have the individual identify their perish/church etc. and keep any confession confidential as with person to person confessionals. This I am sure is not going to be a Catholic extension of myspace or talksoup. Not only would it be a wonderful benefit for those Catholics who are not able to go to confessional in person. But I think under the circumstances people would tend to open up more and be more genuine about their issues.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
I'm with popgoestheworld - not Catholic and not going to judge. Just from the name of those sites though, they sound like a sick joke - like mydeadspace.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 9 years
That's slightly sickening. I really don't like the sound of it.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Crazy! I wouldn't do it
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I'm not Catholic so I'm not entirely sure of how it works, but it seems like confessing online wouldn't be the same. I'd think that it would be harder to tell someone, even if you can't see them, and get their reaction rather than just post it on the internet somewhere. Like, because it's a live person it's closer to confession to God I guess. Just seems like it's beside the point to me.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
there = their
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I voted no, but not because I believe confession is sacred. It's not something I do at all. But if it makes other people able to get through there day, then sure, why not?
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Not for me. I think it is an easy way out.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
no thanks, I'll stick to the traditional method.
syako syako 9 years
:ponder: online confessional. something seems really out of place and misguided about this.
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