New, Church-Approved iPhone App Offers Confessions On the Go
'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' markets itself as "the perfect aid for every penitent." The app provides a step-by-step guide to the confession process, and offers a so-called "personalized examination of conscience for each user," based on a person's age, sex and vocation. 'Confession,' which has already received an endorsement from church authorities in the U.S., was developed with the help of Reverend Thomas Weinandy, of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Dan Scheidt, from the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, in Indiana.
Despite its endorsements, 'Confession' isn't designed to completely replace real confessions. Churchgoers will still have to actually sit down with a priest in order to receive absolution for their sins, but developer Patrick Leinen says the new tool can still provide Catholic multitaskers with a unique way to exercise their religion. "Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Leinen, of development firm Little iApps.
Speaking to the Reuters, Leinen added that the developers were also inspired by Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for Catholics to engage new technology (albeit with some caution). "Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI's message from last years' World Communications Address," Leinen explained, "our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly new media at the service of the word." And, apparently, at the cost of $1.99.