The Vatican — the folks who brought the world the Crusades v.1-8 and the no-meat-on-Friday thing — recently approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers through confession.
The app, called appropriately The Confession, is described as “the perfect aid for every penitent” and offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It’s available through the iTunes store for a mere $1.99, so it’s not like you have to sell your soul to download it.
Fortuitously, the launch comes shortly after Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians to embrace digital communication and make their presence felt online.
In his World Communications Address on Jan. 24, Benedict encouraged young Catholics to share important information with each other online – although “sister mary frances + ruler = HAWT lol” is probably not the sort of thing he had in mind.
This is the first time the church has approved a mobile phone application, although it is not entirely unfamiliar with the digital world. In 2007, the Vatican launched its own YouTube channel. Rumors that the Holy See would soon launch an “I Can Has Communion” channel remain unsubstantiated.
News about the app made me think, what if all the digital technology that we take for granted had been around back in the day? Can you picture Jesus texting Paul: “Running late for supper – save me a seat near the middle.” Or posting on FaceBook? “SonOfGod just checked in at Golgotha.” Or updating his status? “FML – crucified – brb 3 days lol.”
Another feature of the app allows users to keep track of their sins. That made me think, if it were me keeping track of my sins on my iPhone, I would have gone for the 32-gig model and not cheaped out with the 16. As it is, I barely have room for all my music files, much less them and all my transgressions.
Although he gave the app the holy high sign, Benedict emphasized that digital communication was just one part of a much bigger picture, saying, “Virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact.” Ironically, it’s that very “direct human contact” stuff that has gotten the church so much bad publicity over the past several years.
And speaking of irony, Il Papa has to know that this app is for use on smartphones. But I wonder if he realizes that most people protect their smartphones by keeping them … yup … in a snug little rubber wrapper.
Confession apps? Talk about cloud computing …
Well played, sir — well played indeed.
If you’re gonna do blasphemy, don’t half-ass it. And you certainly haven’t! Lenny Bruce is bawling with mirth in the afterlife.
As St. Keith said, “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”
OMG – having grown up in a Catholic household with parents that, though ecumenical in theory, embraced the ‘ritual and beauty’ of the mass, the catholic church, yada yada, this is what i think of your irreverant post, you sinner.
if Jesus had had an iPhone, he’d undoubtedly had the best one available so that he could keep his ‘flock’ in check 24/7. However, I think he’d have used it for good, not evil, and I don’t think he’d have given a rats-ass about my transgressions, my father and mother’s transgressions, and even less about yours, Jeff, you heathen, since you’re not a good Catholic and what the hell (sorry) do you know about being penitent? you’re just a damned pagan without a temple.
oh. wait. that would be me too! oh well. guess I’m not going to be signing up for the Holy One’s app. maybe i’ll have my father buy it for his phone. only, likely, he wouldn’t be able to figure out how to use it. and besides, he’s too old to sin now.
Cut out the middleman. Just pray to Steve Jobs.
Loved this article. “FML – crucified – brb 3 days lol.” Too funny!