February 10, 2011
iPhone Confessions Not Well Received By Vatican
"Confession: A Roman Catholic App," has not received the blessing of the Vatican to be a portable confession booth for the new generation of techno-savvy faithful.
"It is essential to understand that the rites of penance require a personal dialogue between penitents and their confessor... It cannot be replaced by a computer application," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP.
"I must stress to avoid all ambiguity, under no circumstance is it possible to "Ëconfess by iPhone'," he concluded.
This application guides the faithful on their path to confession by asking if their behavior conforms to the rules of the Scriptures with questions such as "have I been involved in occult practices?"
Developer, Patrick Leinen said the app was designed to be used in the confessional and was intended "for those who frequent the sacrament and those who wish to return. Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," Leinen said in a press release on his website.
This is the first program for Apple devices created by the South Bend, Indiana-based company "Little iApps" and sells for $1.99 on iTunes.
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