I saw the following story on my google page…it caught my eye so I thought I would read the entire article. Apparently, the Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers
through confession. I thought, "what a great idea" and ONLY for $2.00! Here's how it is described:
Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent", it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament. Now senior church officials in both the UK and US have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first. 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. Instead, it encourages users to understand their actions and then visit their priest for absolution.
This is ingenious! Frankly, I don't know why I didn't think of it before they did. I was wondering how to raise a few extra bucks? I was thinking that maybe we should put communion in an app too! You know they have an app to simulate drinking a beer…why not have a piece of bread or better yet, one of those styrofoam wafers and a small glass of wine…or for an extra fee, you can have a common cup and drink as much as your conscience requires. In fact, we can do baptism by app as well…unless of course you want to be immersed..that will be a bit more complex…but give me some time and I'm sure we can come up for an app for that! You have sermon apps already…pretty soon you can have an entire faith community app where you can sit wherever you are an pretend you are living in community having real relationships. I guess James got it wrong when he encouraged us to confess to each other…maybe he was simply prophesying about apps…I'm sure he was, come to think of it. Soon we won't have to do anything with pesky relationships…who needs real people…a real touch…a real sympathetic ear or word of forgiveness or reassurance. We'll have apps for real living…we can sit back and pretent to have a life. Real living? There's an app for that!