Catholics who are too busy for church can now fess up to their malfeasant deeds even on the move thanks to the Church-approved ‘Confessions: A Roman Catholic App’ for the iPhone.
No, we’re not kidding. A Catholic Church stateside has officially given its endorsement to an iPhone app designed to give iFans the freedom to have their guilty conscience virtually examined anytime, anywhere.
App talks users though the sacrament and gives a personalised verdict based on their age, sex and marital status.
Patrick Leinen of Little iApps, the company behind the app, said: “Our bishop was very excited about it. We were able to work with several priests in order to get that examination of conscience created, so it was kind of fun.
"Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology.”
The Vatican, however, is less than pleased with the endeavour and declined to give the app its blessing.
Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said: "One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone", adding that only in the presence of a real priest can there be a real confession.
“This cannot be substituted by any IT application," Lombardi said.
The app is currently available on iTunes for £1.19.