Bishop blesses 'Confession app' for iPhone

Apple product worship has moved to a new level after an app has received the blessing of a Catholic priest.

The app, called ‘Confession: A Roman Catholic App’, is developed by Patrick Leinen of Little iApps, and received the okay from Him Upstairs via Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese in Indiana.

This is believed to be the first time that the Catholic church, in a bid to “stay” cutting edge, has blessed an iPhone or iPad app.

“Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology,” said Leinen, adding that it was intended “for those who frequent the sacrament and those who wish to return”.

Leinen was inspired to develop the app following Pope Benedict XVI’s call for his flock to incorporate new media for religious purposes.

“Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI’s message from last year’s World Communications Address, our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly ‘new media at the service of the Word,'” he said.

The application gives the user a guide to performing the sacrament as well as a list of acts of contrition, meaning that although it is not a replacement for a real confession, it offers a first step for the penitent Catholic on the go.

“Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find ‘Confession: A Roman Catholic App’ to be a useful and inviting tool,” Leinen said.

And the price of your soul’s redemption? $1.99 from the Apple store.