Blink and you’ll miss it! The past 48 hours has seen the launch of an iPhone app to be used for the Roman Catholic act of confessing your sins, the immediate resistance to/poking fun of the app by practically everyone, a threat to toss the app out on it’s ass by Apple, and a lambasting of the app by the Vatican. Technology: making the world a smaller and more open place.
Straight from the horse’s mouth:
Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find Confession: A Roman Catholic App to be a useful and inviting tool.
The text of this app was developed in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Rev. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN. The app received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend. It is the first known imprimatur to be given for an iPhone/iPad app.
I suppose if you are the type of person that believes your eternal salvation may rest on what goes down in a dark booth with another man, then you probably won’t mind your iPhone weighing in on how to stay out of aych-ee-double-hockey-sticks. Best of luck to you!
However, the app is ruffling feathers for it’s anti-gay positing, “Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?”, which may lead to Confession being yanked from the app store pronto. Anti-gay propaganda, and let’s be real here, exactly like your iPhone telling you being gay is a sin, is prohibited under Apple’s TOS.
Meanwhile, the Big P in Little Red Pradas has denounced the app as well, on the grounds that it could put him out of a job. AFP reports:
The Vatican put its foot down Wednesday over the idea of “confessing” by iPhone, after news that US users can now download an application for the Apple gadget that helps the faithful gain absolution.
“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 journalists. “I must stress to avoid all ambiguity, under no circumstance is it possible to ‘confess by iPhone’,” he said.
You can check out the app’s page HERE.
What do you think of the Confession app?