It seems as though the Catholic Church really really wants us to go to confession, so much so that apparently it has sanctioned a new iPhone app aimed at bringing some of the wandering sheep back into the fold.
You can now wipe your slate clean with Confession: A Roman Catholic App, available through iTunes for $1.99.
I’m afraid that the new app doesn’t replace traditional confession. You still have to go to a priest for absolution. The app simply attempts to make confession more accessible – and perhaps a bit more fun.
So, how does the app work? It leads you through an “Examination of Conscience” to help you figure out what your real sins are – and not just by retreading your run of the mill 10 Commandments. The sinful suggestions the app offers are inventive and even age appropriate.
If you are worried about all your personal sins being viewed in cyberspace, fear not – the app customizes each user’s list and is password protected for privacy. Once you go to confession, your nefarious revelations are wiped away. So you can text your heart out on your first draft, and then decide how you want to edit your transgressions for the spoken word – all in the service of making the “big reveal” a little less ominous.
Just make sure you tell the priest that you are using the app and not texting during your confession. I wouldn’t want you getting thrown out of the box your first time back!