Via The Beeb:
The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers through confession.
The Confession program has gone on sale through iTunes for £1.19 ($1.99).
The app takes users through the sacrament – in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings – and allows them to keep track of their sins.
It also allows them to examine their conscience based on personalised factors such as age, sex and marital status – but it is not intended to replace traditional confession entirely.
Why is it that one must commune with God and seek His forgiveness to be absolved of your sins, and yet one must, in actuality, receive absolution from a priest instead? I’m guessing it’s not about making yourself right with God, in these chuckleheads’ philosophy — it’s about priests getting all the skinny on who’s tainted, and how. Putting all your sins in your iPhone in database format just makes it all the easier to catalogue them, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a separate app for those priests you’re recommended to visit, where they get to snag a copy of those sins for later
spiritual blackmail use.