“iSinned. iLied. iCoveted.”
Most iPhone apps are strictly secular creations, but in the case of “Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” sacred sanction was part of the approval process. Developer Patrick Leinen says he created the “confession helper” app, with help from some local priests, in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s call for the church to embrace new media. “Confession,” now officially approved by the Catholic Church in the U.S. and Britain, walks penitents through the ritual and stores their sins in password-protected accounts, but Catholics still need a priest’s absolution to complete the sacrament.
Yes, “the Vatican has made major steps to embrace the 21st century,” says Megan Friedman in Time. “But will iPhone-toting Catholics access Confession as much as Angry Birds?”
The app’s moniker, “Confession,” is at least “an improvement on the original name, ‘A Priest in Your Pocket,’” says Brian Moylan in Gawker.