Confession iPhone app gets Catholic approval

275x250.jpg A bizarre iPhone and iPad app which digitally helps gizmo-wielding Catholics to confess has been officially approved by the Catholic Church.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" has been designed to be used in the confessional and guide sinners through the process.

In addition to logging how long it has been since their last confession, the £1.19 app provides a step-by-step guide to the sacrament and prayers.

Makers are keen to stress the app is not designed to replace confessing before a validly ordained Roman Catholic priest… because then if your iPhone crashed you would go straight to hell.
Makers Little iApps came up with the idea after hearing Pope Benedict say  new media, "can contribute to the satisfaction of the desire for meaning, truth and unity which remain the most profound aspirations of each human being."

A spokesperson for the firm said: "Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent.

"With a personalised examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance."

Bishop Kevin Rhodes, of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend, has even granted the app an imprimatur, an official endorsement from the Catholic Church.

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