Quoted from Coloradoan Story: Need to prep for confession? Catholic church OKs app for that
Author: Associated Press ♦ February 8, 2011
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Catholic Church has apparently given its blessing to an iPhone app aimed at helping Catholics with confession, Reuters reports.
The $1.99 "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" guides Catholics through the sacrament and contains what the developer describes as a "personalized examination of conscience for each user."
It is not designed to replace going to confession but to help Catholics with the act, which generally involves admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth. Catholics still must go to a priest for absolution.
Among the features cited:
- Custom examination of conscience based upon age, sex and vocation (single, married, priest, or religious).
- Multiple user support with password protected accounts.
- Ability to add sins not listed in standard examination of conscience.
- Confession walkthrough including time of last confession in days, weeks, months and years.
- Choose from 7 different acts of contrition.
- Custom interface for iPad.
"Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," Patrick Leinen of the Indiana-based Little iApps said.
The company says Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana officially authorized the app for Catholics to use.
The firm says the content was developed with the help of Rev. Thomas Weinandy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Rev. Dan Scheidt, an Indiana pastor.
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So let me get this right, some software engineer writes a Catholic Confession app, and the Bishop in his neck of the woods anoints it, and hence the Pope and Jesus are cool with it. Right up there with the uniquely Catholic idea of indulgences, LOL!
Why would anybody need help confessing? Sounds more like a rehearsal. That's not what they taught in parochial school. One wonders if the app has the equivalent of a 'glory hole', and you have to shake your head in amazement. Now envision yourself confessing to your iGadget in private, and only it knows where your confession is going. How much do you trust that iGadget there, fellow sinner?
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