Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Can't wait to confess your sins? There's an app for that.

Sinners rejoice! That is, if you are a Catholic and have an iPhone. (Apparently BlackBerry and Android users don't have a need to confess their sins to their smart phone.)

Yes, brothers and sisters, thanks to the wonders of digital technology, there's no need to wait in line in that processional, to step into that small confessional, for some guy who's got religion, to tell if you if your sin's original. You just need the new Roman-Catholic-Church-approved Confession app!

Per the website:
Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. 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.
Amen to that!

Though I have to say I find Radical Bytes' Confession Booth app (also for the iPhone, which is apparently the go-to smart phone for sinners) more amusing (and less holier than thou).

But the best thing about the new confession apps for the iPhone? It gives me an excuse to feature Tom Lehrer's "Vatican Rag":

So how many Hail Marys do you think I'll have to do (that is, if I was Catholic) for blaspheming confession apps?

UPDATED: The Vatican has issued a statement (via iPhone?) that confessing via iPhone doesn't count.


Dave S. said...

How the priest is going to read that with his head turned away from the phone and his hand up on the side of his face is beyond me.

The answer to your final question is "None, if you don't confess."

Linda G said...

I stumbled upon your blog today, enjoyed it, and cannot believe you also know and love the work of Tom Lehrer! I think we are some kind of distant cousin. Keep up the great work, J-TWO-O!