Forgive me Father for I have sinned. You forgive me? That’s great! Wait, hold on a second, I’m getting a call. It’ll go something like that, I’m sure. But all comedy aside, the Catholic Church officially gave its blessing to go forward with an iPhone app to aid in confession.
In all honesty, this idea will probably scare a lot of people. And my goodness will it fill up God’s inbox! From BBC.com:
Described as “the perfect aid for every penitent”, it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament. Now senior church officials in both the UK and US have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first. The app takes users through the sacrament – in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings – and allows them to keep track of their sins….
In his World Communications Address on 24 January, he said it was not a sin to use social networking sites – and particularly encouraged young Catholics to share important information with each other online.
“I invite young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world,” he said.
He warned them to keep in mind that digital communication was part of a bigger picture, however.
“It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives.”
There you have it. A pope blessed app. I’m surprised they are only charging two bucks for it. Last time I went into a Catholic church, I dropped a whole lot more than that.
But, this world is increasing its digital prevalence, and the Catholic Church is finally stepping up to the plate (although Vatican City has had a Youtube page since 2007).
From the developer, “Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology,” Patrick Leinen of developer Little iApps told Reuters.
Whomp, there it is.
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