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iPad meets Blackberry in the confessional

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 02, 2013

A woman goes to Confession. As he offers his counsel, the priest consults his iPad to cite some verses from Scripture. The penitent replies:

I’m sorry, I said, I don’t have a pen and paper, I may not remember what you say. Wait—I’ve got my BlackBerry. “Tell me chapters and verse and I’ll email them to myself.”

Confession still requires a personal encounter. But this is a personal encounter in Manhattan in 2013, so maybe it’s inevitable that the PDAs are involved as well.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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