A friend of mine blogged today about finding absolution on the internet where he writes about services such as ThePublicApology.com , Perfectapology.com that offer people space for public confession of their wrongs and an absolution via the internet public. There are dozens of these sites out there (confessions.net, experienceproject.com, etc) and ThePublicApology.com even runs a weekly contest where readers can vote for the best apology of the week.
This is just another example of how the internet is becoming a mediator in our private and personal lives which has interesting religious implications. There has been debate for over a decade on whether or not confession in the Catholic tradition can or should be heard online via email, chat or even text messaging. Although the Catholic church does not endorse such practices, they still exist which raises the question in a culture that allows us to do most of our daily tasks online as well as facilitate religious rituals such as prayer and worship why not confession?