Catholic Church OKs New Confession App for iPhone

An iPhone app aimed at helping Catholics through confession and encouraging lapsed followers back to their faith has been sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the United States.

Confession: A Roman Catholic app, walks Catholics through the sacrament and contains what the company behind the program describes as a “personalized examination of conscience for each user.” It is thought to be the first app of its kind to be approved by a church authority.

“Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology,” said Patrick Leinen of the three-man company Little iApps, based in South Bend, Indiana. “Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI’s message from last year’s World Communications Address, our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly new media at the service of the word.”

Pop Benedict XVI’s address on January 24 emphasized the importance of a Christian presence  in the digital world. 

The firm said the content of the app was developed with the help of Reverend Thomas Weinandy of the United States Conference of Catholic Biships, and Reverend Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Indiana.

The app is designed not to replace confession, but to help Catholics through the act, which generally involved admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth. Catholics will, however, still have to go to a priest for absolution.

The app retails for $1.99.

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