Anonymous priest offers Snapchat confessions
SAN ANTONIO, TX (CNN) – A priest in Texas is offering confessions through the app “Snapchat”.
Instead of turning to church to confess your sins, could you instead turn to your phone?
An ordained priest says he’s offering confessions digitally for the first time through Snapchat.
But some faithful believers are skeptics.
Father Tony Vilano, San Fernando Cathedral said, “It’s not confession. It’s not what the sacrament is all about.”
Father Vilano hears confessions in person daily at San Fernando Cathedral and questions who could be behind the online confessions.
Father Vilano said, “He’s not a Catholic priest. The church teaches when you go to confession, you should go to a priest either behind a divider or face to face.”
The priest wants to stay anonymous, but you can reach him through @priestdavid.
He’s making himself available through the app through March 16th.
“Doing it Snapchat, I mean. You can do Snapchat or through the internet and list everything you’ve done and there’s no humility in there. There’s no ownership of the sins you’ve committed,” said Vilano.
It’s not clear what church, if any, @priestdavid is attached to.