eConfession?

Hey guys, look at this new iPhone app:

Digital Confession: Little iApps Releases Its First iPhone™ Application

Examination of Conscience screen

South Bend, IN—Little iApps, LLC is pleased to announce the release of Confession: A Roman Catholic App, its very first application for iPhone™, iPad, and iPod touch®. Developed for those who frequent the sacrament and those who wish to return, this confession helper is priced at $1.99 and is available for download at the iTunes store. This announcement follows directly on the heels of Pope Benedict’s message for the 45th World Communications Day address in which he emphasized that new media, “if used wisely, can contribute to the satisfaction of the desire for meaning, truth and unity which remain the most profound aspirations of each human being.”

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.

The text of this app was developed in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Rev. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN. The app received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend. It was the first known imprimatur to be given for an iPhone™, iPad, or iPod touch® application.

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for January 2011 was, “that young people may learn to use modern means of social communication for their personal growth and to better prepare themselves to serve society.” Little iApps developer and co-founder, Patrick Leinen, said, “Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology. Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI’s message from last years’ 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.’ The app has already aided one man in returning to the sacrament after 20 years. We hope many more will take advantage of this new confession resource.”

For more information, please visit Little iApps online at http://www.littleiapps.com or contact Patrick Leinen, developer and co-founder, at marketing@littleiapps.com or call 574-303-8102.

Little iApps is a mobile applications development startup with a Roman Catholic twist.

I am a rabid techno-geek, and I think this app will sell and sell (£1.19 at iTunes), and good for them, if so. ANYTHING that helps to healthily stimulate the uptake of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, is in tune with God’s Will, imho.

Just today, I was telling my PP that he could fit a soundproof door to the Lady’s Chapel (where confessions are heard in my parish), instead of a curtain, so that it might help people overcome their shame and self consciousness and encourage return to Confession. This is so important, and I dread to think of how many times, the Blessed Sacrament is received unworthily. Make Reconciliation as easy and comfortable as possible! The confessional is the operating theatre for the soul. Mortal wounds are closed there. (Transfusion and alimentation requires Holy Communion, of course).

You may remember my embarrassing anecdote about the deaf confessor….

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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13 Responses to eConfession?

  1. golden chersonnese says:

    Burrito, I think the Muslims have beat us to it with this sort of thing; e-Islam I suppose you could call it. You can get prayer-times and the call to prayer coming through to your mobile and lots of other things. Have a look here:

    http://www.guidedways.com/alldownloads.php

    In Malaysia too there was a case where the shariah court decided that you could divorce your wife by sending the three required declarations of divorce to her as mobile text messages.

    http://tinyurl.com/4o3nynq

    I wonder if a confession done through text messages would be valid?

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  2. Gertrude says:

    Anything that encourages folk to return to this very underused Sacrament (at least in my part of the world) must only be a force for good, especially with this techno-generation. I wonder what e-penance might be?
    On further reflection though,considering the state of catechesis, I wonder if many youngsters know the difference between mortal sin and venial sin?

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  3. golden chersonnese says:

    Hello teresa. Yes, I would hazard the view that absolution as a text message would not be valid. I would think that it has to be done within earshot of the penitent. (But what about deaf people?)

    I was just thinking, can you receive absolution over the phone?

    Interesting link here about the use of texting for religious purposes these days:

    http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/cat_sms_and_religion.htm

    I seem to recall an Italian priest saying that people could well give up texting as a form of lenten self-denial. I wonder how many people could manage that?

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  4. wookielnx says:

    Thank you for your review. I’m one of the developers for the app and I think you captured our desires perfectly. We want to take away the intimidation factor from the Sacrament. So many people are afraid to return because they just don’t know how to do it. Let me know if you have any questions about the app and I’ll do my best to answer (although since Reuters picked up the story things have been rather crazy!). God bless!

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  5. wookielnx says:

    Nothing is ever shared or transmitted from the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. It is meant as a tool to help a person walk through their confession in a confessional with a priest. All user info is password protected and once a person walks their way through the confession all of the sins are erased. Let me know if you have other questions.

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  6. golden chersonnese says:

    wookielnx said:
    All user info is password protected and once a person walks their way through the confession all of the sins are erased.

    ?

    You might like to rephrase that, wookielnx. 🙂

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  7. mmvc says:

    Here’s an article about the Church’s blessing for the app:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12391129

    You beat the Beeb to it. Well done BB!

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  8. golden chersonnese says:

    Teresa confided: I got a rather mischievous thought, what about texting Carthusian monks … (hope there is no one around …)

    Teresa, fie for shame! I’m blushing 😉

    I’m sure it would be quite difficult to smuggle an i-phone into the Charterhouse, wouldn’t it?

    And I’m confident those estimable eremites wouldn’t even know what it was or what side was up.

    Let’s try the Benedictines instead. 🙂

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  9. Brother Burrito says:

    Thanks Maryla,

    I assembled the article on the night of the 6th, so if I had published it then, I’d have beaten Reuters to it too!

    Oh well, we’re still learning…

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  10. Gertrude says:

    GC: I have it on good authority – the Benedictines would text you back (at least the monks would, the nuns – probably not!)

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  11. golden chersonnese says:

    I thought so, Gertrude. 😉

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  12. golden chersonnese says:

    Teresa, did you manage to smuggle that i-phone into the Charterhouse eventually? I want to know. 😉

    I see Fr Zuhlsdorf agrees with me on long-distance confessions and absolutions. Looks like we’ll have to keep trying to find a church that has regular confession times (speaking for myself anyway) rather than keeping Father’s mobile number handy just in case we ever find ourselves in extremis, like waking up one morning face-to-face with the Toadgod in the tornado.

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2011/02/quaeritur-long-distance-sacramental-absolution-of-sins-no/

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  13. Brother Burrito says:

    Last Sunday, I succeeded in coaxing my son to go to Confession before Mass. Our new priest is Confession-friendly and has extended the time he is available for this Sacrament. Colum had shown signs of drifting from the Way. I won’t give details

    Unbeknownst to me, Colum prepared himself using this app (or a similar one), and apparently the priest was very impressed, and took details of it to pass on to others.

    God’s people must become re-acquainted with Confession, before it is too late. It is much, much more important than visits to the dentist or general/family practitioner.

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