IConfess: Catholics Embrace App-Based Confession, What Comes Next?

Posted: Feb 8 2011, 11:50am CST | by , in News | Apple

iConfess: Catholics Embrace App-Based Confession, What Comes Next?
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Next thing you know they'll be faxing communion wafers.

The Catholic Church took a stumbling and kind-of confusing step into modernity today. "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" recently launched for iOS. The American branch of the Catholic Church appears to be totally cool with this seriously weird app. Confession is password protected and includes several fun guilt-packed levels, like "Examination" and "Seven acts of contrition".

There are options to create custom sins- a must in this fast-paced, modern world. Little iApps, the developer, has replaced the priest in a booth with a bunch of checklists. Did you covet your neighbors wife? Tap the box and see how many Hail Mary's you owe! It's like TurboTax for your soul.

Confession is only $1.99 and is available now on the app store. The developer claims that their app has already brought at least one lapsed Catholic back to the flock. As odd (and sort of uncomfortable) as it feels, this app is well in line with the Vatican's stance. Remember the Pope's address from January?

"I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible. This is not simply to satisfy the desire to be present, but because this network is an integral part of human life. The web is contributing to the development of new and more complex intellectual and spiritual horizons, new forms of shared awareness."

America is really good at meshing the sacred with the convenient. Televised church services have been an institution here for years. Some Megachurches broadcast to more homes than they have butts in seats. People are already quitting church in droves. If the option is having people tune in via TV and confess their sins through an iPhone, or not doing either of those things at all, the Church will take what they can get.

There's an advantage to this for users, too. People may be more willing to bare their soul to God via a non-judgemental computer than a priest they've known since childhood. Plus, getting a confession in on the drive to work will save SO much time.

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