Everyone is busy these days, and people of the Catholic faith are no exception. We all have so little time on our hands – with so much packed in to each moment of the day – that we tend to put off things we may not feel are necessary. We tell ourselves we’ll deal with it tomorrow, or make a quick stop during lunch. When it comes to doing things that your particular faith may teach, though, procrastinating isn’t a good idea. This was the reasoning behind the new Confession iPhone app. Patrick Leinen of Little iApps (the company that created Confession) claims that their app has brought one person back into the faith who had been lapsed for more than twenty years.
The catch with this app is that it does not actually replace the real thing. You can feel better by unburdening yourself, but you will still need to visit your Priest to receive Absolution. Developers describe the program as a guide through the sacrament as well as a “personalized examination of conscience for each user.” Little iApps said motivation to develop came from “Pope Benedict XVI’s World Communications Address where the Pontiff stressed the importance of a Christian presence in the digital world.”
The app is considered to be the first approved by any church authority. Based out of South Bend, Indiana, the company developed the app with the help of a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a catholic pastor in Mishawaka, Indiana. Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana officially authorized the app for Catholics to use.