Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Confession? There's an app for that!

Well, not really -- despite what the popular media would have you believe. What's been introduced (and approved) is an i-Phone app that helps you to prepare for sacramental confession. In other words, it helps you to go through a high-tech version of a very ancient (and necessary) prep: an examination of conscience. It does this by walking you through the Ten Commandments and by giving you a basic guide to the Sacrament of Penance.

The app (pictured at left) was created with the help of two Catholic priests. And it really has been given Church approval: Bishop Kevin Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana has approved it. But, despite the sensational (and misleading) headlines--not unlike the one I intentionally used for this post--this app is not intended to and cannot take the place of sacramental confession of your sins. Basically, it is meant to help you organize your thoughts before you enter into the confessional and to walk you through the sacrament if you're a little rusty. And for those reasons, I think its a great thing.

But before you get hit with the jokes about confessing your sins to a priest on your iPhone, you already know that's bunk. But for $1.99, maybe its worth the price if it helps spur you to more frequently use the Sacrament of Penance. But since the thing keeps track of the sins you list, you might want to make sure you pick a good password. As if your girlfriend doesn't already have enough on you.... [crickets chirping]

I said, as if your girlfriend doesn't already have enough on you. Thanks. I'll be here all week...