Confession: A Roman Catholic App

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If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Type in your name, sex, birthday, vocation and the date of your last confession. Click the Commandments you'd like to focus on today and check the boxes of the relevant sins committed. These range from “have I been half-hearted, lazy or cynical in my ministry?” and “have I not paid my taxes?” to “have I been guilty of a homosexual activity?”

Your examination of conscience over, select “Begin confession.” In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit... Customize your Act of Contrition by clicking the Prayers tab (there's even one in Latin) and a pop up quote from Scripture will appear to close the deal.

Developed by an American start-up specialized in mobile applications “with a Roman Catholic twist,” Confession recreates the act of the Sacrament in a few easy and virtual steps. All you need to do is download it on your smart phone or tablet (US$1.99) and create a username and password.

The app was criticized by the Vatican despite its endorsement by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, who gave it an imprimatur (official go-ahead by the Catholic Church). A priest cannot be substituted by any IT application, the Vatican spokesman said.

An updated version of the app was quickly released, clarifying it should be used as an aid to participate in the Rite of Penance, by easing the admittance of sins and helping users organize and remember them. “Catholics still must go to a priest for absolution,” the makers specified.


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