Catholic Church approves confession app
As the Washington Post's On Faith blog reported yesterday, an iPhone app designed to walk users through the sacrament of confession has received an official nod from a Catholic bishop in Indiana.
Confession: A Roman Catholic App, produced by Little iApps, received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin Rhodes, of the diocese in Fort Wayne, Ind. According to the company's Web site, the app was developed with the Rev. Thomas Weinandy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Rev. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Ind.
The app is designed to aid confession, not replace it.
Developer Patrick Leinen, in a press release, said that he was inspired to create the program after hearing Pope Benedict XVI's World Communications Address. In that speech, the pope said that he hoped young people would "use modern means of social communication for their personal growth and to better prepare themselves to serve society." The release said that the app already "aided in returning one man to the sacrament after 20 years."
This is thought to be the first iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app to receive an imprimatur from the church. The app costs $1.99.
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