Sin? There's an App For That.

Photos from app developer, LittleiApps

Actually it's an app for the opposite. According to this BBC story, The Catholic Church has approved an appt to help people get ready for the sacrament of Confession.

"The app takes users through the sacrament - in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings - and allows them to keep track of their sins."

Since I haven't been to confession since senior year at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, I don't know if my iPhone would have the memory capability to store ensuing sins. Um, probably not.

"Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology,' Patrick Leinen of developer Little iApps told Reuters.

The launch comes shortly after Pope Benedict XVI gave urging to Christians to embrace digital communication and make their presence felt online.

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."

I'm not a big fan of Confession (I think God listens to us anytime, anywhere, and we don't need another person to be the switchboard to that. And I do understand the other arguments from the Church about why it's necesary. But disagree.)

But I do appreciate the church recognizing the importance of Catholics engaging in the digital realm.

It's important to note that the app doesn't replace confession, it's just a tool to help people prepare. Self-reflection via technology? I think Jesus would digg.


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