Confession: A Roman Catholic App approved by the Church, only $1.99

Confession: A Roman Catholic App approved by the Church, only $1.99
Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict XVI's message last year that the Catholic Church has to establish its presence in the digital world, comes Confession: A Roman Catholic App, which is available right now for the modest sum of $1.99 in the App Store.

The iOS app only walks you through the sacrament, in what the developers describe as a "personalized examination of conscience for each user", but you still have to see a priest in the end to receive absolution. What's more, it has actually been officially sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the US, giving you even more reasons to skip human contact when you are divulging the most secret pieces of your life story. One of the developers claims that the app has already returned a stray sheep to the act of sacrament, after a 20-year pause.

Too bad The Sopranos saga is over, this app could have been used in a great scene there. Having your information "in the cloud" now receives a whole new meaning.

source: NYDailyNews via Gawker



1. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

even the words of the Pope are not free no more

2. Mad_Dog_Sauce

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 25, 2010

really?........ REALLY??

3. Tancred unregistered

Approved by the Catholic Church? According to whom? Since telephone "confessions" are already invalid, this is a virtual impossibility, literally.

4. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

How long until we get the iPope? Is it too crass to have an iPope touch?

5. CatholicGirl unregistered

It hasn't been "approved by the Catholic Church." If you look at their website you'll see that they don't make that claim anywhere. It has, however, received an imprimatur. That means it's free of moral and doctrinal error. Also, it doesn't take the place of the sacrament. As the developers themselves clearly state, it's designed to be used inside the confessional. I'm confused about why everyone else is so confused. It's laid out pretty plainly here: and in the description on the iTunes store. There's nothing about this app that suggests skipping human contact during the Sacrament of reconciliation is OK or fact, it suggests the opposite: go to confession. Anyway, for what it's worth, I think this is awesome! I'm glad to see this kind of work for our Church.

6. elran24

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

wow... this is just lazy!!

7. mattot24

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

Back to the dark ages and the sale of indulgeses! haha

8. Heyzeuz Cristo unregistered

Do they have a subscription version for $666/month that guarantees I go to Heaven as long as I stay subscribed up to my death? I keep falling asleep at Mass so I need something a little easier. Oh, here's a little Easter Egg (sorry the pun) for you guys: If you type in "Show me da money!!!" in that Confession app you will get to see a picture of a naked little boy.

9. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I am speechless. I don't know how to respond

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