Vatican bans iPhone confession app

Posted on February 9, 2011

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An iPhone app that allows users to confess their sins has been given an official imprimatur — basically a seal of approval — from a Catholic bishop. The Christian Science Monitor story spins the idea that the app is meant to “prepare penitents for their time in the booth.” However, the Vatican has banned the app. “It is essential to understand that the rites of penance require a personal dialogue between penitents and their confessor. It cannot be replaced by a computer application,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.  “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” was created by a South Bend, Indiana-based company called “Little iApps” and sells for $1.99.

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