I *love* it. The Roman Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app called “Confession” that allows penitents to choose the commandment they have broken, confess, and receive penance. Click the iTunes link to see more pictures.
Confession: A Roman Catholic App, developed by Little iApps in South Bend, Ind., received an “imprimatur” — an official publication licence from the church — from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Indiana Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the company said in a news release.
The release added that this is the first known imprimatur given to an iPhone or iPad app, even though a number of similar apps already exist.
It’s fascinating. You can add custom categories. And after each confession, you get a random bit of wisdom (I got St. Catherine of Siera and St. Faustina during both my “confessions” this morning).
Of course, Engadget has a snarky idea of what to do with it:
Can’t find your particular misstep? No problem! You’re able to add your own, custom dastardly deeds, filling in those gaps the app’s authors didn’t think anyone would fill. Now all it needs is a random sin selector: shake the phone to instantly get a wicked suggestion. That certainly could make boring Thursday nights at the dormitory a little more exciting.
What do you think? Are digital confessions and absolutions appropriate? And if so, what opportunity could there be for the United Methodist Church to serve in this digital capacity?