Increasing access for the deaf and hearing impaired is a very good thing. I wonder if it will be approved, given past opposition to confession via telephone or online chat? I think the hardwired connection between two computers, located next to one another and with no possibility of remote access, might make the system acceptable.
*A Phoenix, Ariz., priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions.
Father Romuald P. Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people who have limited access to priests who know sign language.*
*The system runs special software that uses two dedicated, secured computers. All network connectivity options are disabled except for an Ethernet connection, which connects the devices with a network cable.
The penitent and the priest each have their own computer. They communicate through typed messages on a chat program. The messages are erased at the end of each confession.*