Catholics looking for additional help with the sacrament can now turn to a new source: their iPhones.
The Catholic Church has approved its very first application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Reuters reports.
The program, called Confession: A Roman Catholic App, was developed by an Indiana-based company called Little iApps. "Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," the company's Patrick Leinen told the news service. The company says the app was approved by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Confession app allows users to personally examine their conscience during confession. The app takes users through a step-by-step guide to the Catholic sacrament, including walking them through the 10 Commandments and asking questions like "Have I been involved with the occult" or "Have I ever received Communion in a state of mortal sin?"
All information in the app is password-protected, and profiles can be set up for multiple users.
Pope Benedict recently talked about the benefit of new media in religion, saying it can, "if used wisely ... contribute to the satisfaction of the desire for meaning, truth and unity which remain the most profound aspirations of each human being."
Confession: A Roman Catholic App costs $1.99 from the iTunes store. An Android version is reportedly in the works.
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