Catholic Organization Creates AI 'Priest,' Defrocks Him Almost Immediately After Public Outcry Over Specific Detail

Catholic Organization Creates AI ‘Priest,’ Defrocks Him Almost Immediately After Public Outcry Over Specific Detail


A Catholic media organization called Catholic Answers got itself in a bit of hot water on social media last week when it debuted an app it was calling “Father Justin, your AI Catholic answers advisor,” which featured an artificial intelligence-based animation of a Catholic priest who could answer questions about the faith.

Catholic Answers hoped that the AI animation could serve as a sort of “search engine” to help people get answers to questions they might have about Catholicism and to help guide people to become Catholics.

Chris Costello, director of I.T. at Catholic Answers, went on to speak to their goals with this new AI app.

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“Our goal with the Father Justin app is to leverage the power of large language models—or ‘LLMs’—to create

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