Confession: A Roman Catholic App Sanctioned by the Church

For only $1.99 in the iTunes Store you can pick up Confession, a new application sanctioned by the Catholic Church. You're still encouraged to go sit in the box and confess all of your sins for absolution -- the app doesn't replace that, but it does supplement the experience and make it more accessible at all hours. It was only a matter of time: During his World Communications Address last year, Pope Benedict XVI blessed social media and encouraged his flock to "interact with the digital world in service of the faith."

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.

An example given by iPhone is, "I think my cousin is hot, but I'd never go there because it's socially unacceptable..." OK.

The app also guides you through the format and prayers for confession so that you won't get all tongue tied and amnesic when sitting before a collared absolver. In addition, it lets you vote on "Sinner" or "Saint" categories, just to keep things interesting. God forbid we should get bored while being wiped clean.

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.

Read the full story at ABC News.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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