Want to confess your sins? There's an app for that

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Catholics who are more comfortable with technology than with church sacraments can now use a $1.99 iPhone application to help get them through the process of confession.

The application, available on Apple Inc.’s iTunes store, walks users through an examination of their conscience, including a review of past actions and identification of sins.

Confession: A Roman Catholic App., is designed as a refresher course for lapsed Catholics who’ve forgotten how the sacrament of penance works, according to developer LittleiApps LLC.

The app has received an imprimatur, or official church authorization to publish, from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of Indiana. Absolution can still only be granted in person by an ordained priest. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi declined to comment.

Pope Benedict XVI, head of the world’s smallest state and spiritual leader to more than 1 billion Catholics, is seeking to use modern technology to reach followers while maintaining traditions developed during the church’s 2,000-year history. His predecessor, John Paul II, endorsed the Internet as a tool to “promote justice and solidarity.”

The 83-year-old pontiff made his debut on Google Inc.’s YouTube video-sharing site in 2009. He made his first foray onto Catholic Internet chat forums in 2008.

Vatican officials such as Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe have used sites like Facebook Inc. to “spread the word of God,” though Italian bishops have warned followers about the dangers of social networking with strangers on the Internet.


    Not a joke. Only attempts to survive Catholicism and seriously ask, "What is next?" Based on history: Inquisition, Reformation, bought and paid for Indulgences, Luther, Joan, Galileo, killing Jews, etc., etc. all in the name of God and the "true" Church. But the Church's lies that it is a "true" church and all good are true and you can be content with your learned and forced guilt and pay your $1.99. Ah yes, long live the old memorized Baltimore Catechism. Erroneous? Perhaps. You and others can blindly defend and "obey" and say "jokes" but the "true" Church where we are "forced" to believe, has lied and withheld and continues to cover up the scandals too much for us to blindly accept most anything or defenses, or even silence, or "you must or else" that come from the Vatican or you, or elsewhere these days.
  • IBJ and other off target
    This is an app to prepare for the sacrament of confession, it is not an app to absolve sin. The jokes are made with erroneous information, therefore not funny. Its like making a joke about the Steelers winning the Super Bowl. It just isn't true.
    • can't take a joke?
      The previous commentor's are simply making a joke at the expense of someone else. Does your Catholic guilt keep you from seeing the humor in anything. Protestants make jokes about Catholics, Baptists make jokes about Pentecostals, Hoosiers make fun of people from Kentucky. Lighten-up.
    • Missing the point
      Previous posters are missing the point that this is an aid to help you walk through your successes and failures, the 21st century equivalent of the pamphlets that the church printed for years.
    • KitKat
      Waiting for the Groupon to come out....20 confessions for the penance of 10.
    • Two for one?
      So, why don't they now line up a bunch of anonymous priests at South Bend to "hear" and hand out absolution for another $1.99 and save everyone time, gas and unnecesary guilt? How about another $1.99 for some kind of glorious Indulgence like in the old days? Or maybe a two for one at $3.99?
    • This is hilarious!
      What makes this even funnier is that it isn't a joke. I wonder when they are coming out with the spiritual guidance "Pocket Pope" app?

      Revolutionizing and enhancing your "god experience" now in HD with special in app purchases!

      If you purchase in the next 15min we'll even throw in Digital Jesus! The hot new app for hip teens who are on the level with "Digital J"! Just turn off your own morality and let our program do it for you.

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