We have to (yes, we're going to say it) confess to being late on this story. But given the confusion that's been caused by some headlines and web postings, it seems we should pass along word that there's a new app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that helps Catholics prepare for going to confession. And it has the church's OK.
It is not, though, a substitute for the confessional, says the app's creator. Little iApps tells would-be buyers of the app that:
"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."
Basically, you use the app to get ready for the sacrament. And you could bring your iPhone into the confessional with you. It's like coming prepared with notes.
So, sorry Daily Caller (and many other news outlets). Your headline — "Confession? There's An App For That" — may raise some false hopes. Perhaps you should repent?
Update at 12:40 p.m. ET. Commenter Jason Morrow points everyone to a similar Android app from The Penance Project.
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A priest hearing a confession, circa 1950. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
A priest hearing a confession, circa 1950. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images) Three Lions/Getty Images