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Bless Me, iPhone, for I Have Sinned

Bless me iPhone for I have sinned
David Sheppard, Reuters
February 8, 2011

NEW YORK – An iPhone app aimed at helping Catholics through  confession and encouraging lapsed followers back to the faith has been  sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the United States.

Confession:  A Roman Catholic app, thought to be the first to be approved by a  church authority, walks Catholics through the sacrament and contains  what the company behind the program describes as a "personalized  examination of  conscience for each user".

"Our desire is to  invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology,"  said Patrick Leinen of the three-man company Little iApps, based  in  South Bend, Indiana....

The app is not designed to replace going to  confession but to help Catholics through the act, which generally  involves admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth. Catholics  still must go to a priest for absolution.
Little iApps said  Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana,  officially authorized the app for Catholics to use....

The app retails for $1.99.