Need to confess your sins? There's an app for that
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Inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s call for more youth involvement in social communication, developers at Little iApps, LLC have created an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch application to assist with the confession process, reports Catholic News Agency (CNA).
“Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” available for $1.99 on iTunes, is designed to be used in the confessional, according to Little iApps promotional materials. Developer Patrick Leinen said the app gives a “step-by-step” guide to Confession and a “personalized examination of conscience” based on the user’s age, vocation and sex.
According to CNA, “users who have not been to Confession in some time have reported that using the app takes away the ‘intimidation factor’ of going to confess their sins.”
The app received an imprimatur — Latin for “let it be printed” — from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. Catholic News Service reported today that Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, clarified that the application may help Catholics prepare but cannot replace “the sacramental encounter between a penitent and a priest.”
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